Description: Laid down 1979, launched 1983, commissioned 1989
Russian cruiser Varyag (Varangian), (ex-Chervona Ukraina), is the third ship of the Slava class of guided missile cruisers built for the Soviet Navy now serving the Russian Navy.
Chervona Ukraina ("Red Ukraine") was laid down in 1979 at 61 Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant (Shipyard 445) in Mykolaiv, was launched in July 1983 and commissioned October 16, 1989. Joined the Pacific Fleet in 1990 and was listed as having only a caretaker crew up to 2002.
Re-entered service in the Pacific Fleet in early 2008 after an overhaul. In 2009 the cruiser will lead a fleet of foreign warships participating in a parade to mark the 60th anniversary of China's Navy.