From Russia With Missiles

The Russian Missile Cruiser Varyag is visiting San Francisco this week as part of a goodwill tour.

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The Russian missile cruiser Varyag sits at piers 30,32 on San Francisco's Embarcadero.
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The ship opened up for tours on Thursday only. Hundreds of people waited in line for hours for a chance to tour its decks.
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Hundreds of sailors have decended on San Francisco. They've been spotted walking down the sidewalks carrying bags of goodies from their visit. They're happy to pose for photos with a curious public.
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A Russian military band greets visitors to the Varyag with such traditional Russian songs as "Tequila."
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A visitor snaps a photo on the nose of the Varyag.
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Active missile tubes on the deck of the Varyag can fire off 16 missiles, capable of hitting a ship nearly 3,500 miles away.
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Visitors get to tour a military helicopter on the deck of the Varyag.
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A group of visitors tour the decks of the Varyag. Many of the visitors were natives of Russia.
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Visitors inspect a tail fin of a Russian helicopter.
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A visitor snaps a picture on the deck of the Varyag, with the Bay Bridge in the background.
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A Russian sailor reads from a fact sheet in English for visitors on the Varyag.
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The Varyag is equipped with twin barrel guns that can fire 90 rounds in less than a minute.
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Tourists pose for pictures with Russian sailors on San Francisco's Embarcadero.
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Another view of the Varyag, docked at Pier 30, 32. It's the first Russian warship to visit San Francisco in 147 years.
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The Varyag isn't the only foreign military ship in town. A trio of Japanese Naval training vessels and destroyer were docked at pier 27 this week. The ships are in the Bay Area as part of a worldwide tour and training session.
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A Japanese flag flutters in the breeze off the back of a Japanese military training vessel.
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A Japanese military helicopter sits on the back of a destroyer docked in San Francisco.
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Japanese sailors greet visitors to the training vessels at Pier 27.
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A sticker comemorates the visit of the Japanese fleet to San Francisco. The sticker was made in the ship's onboard print shop.
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A tower aboard the Japanese ship seems to visually echo the Transamerica Pyramid.
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