The American edition could not pass by the unique fate of a ship built during the Cold War, that is, the “side of the iron curtain” from the Americans.
The Forbes article tells that ships and vessels for the Navy are usually built at American shipyards, but there is one notable exception. Recently, the U.S. Transportation Command has tweeted a Soviet ship currently in the U.S. Navy in its official Twitter account.
“The U.S. Navy ship “Corporal Roy Whit” is a ship for transporting military equipment and personnel, and is named in honor of the award-winning Marine Roy Whit, who during the Vietnam War covered a mine with his body to save comrades”, – the social network reported.
The Naval Transportation Command itself is one of the elements of U.S. expeditionary operations that play a critical role in bringing troops and combat equipment to places of combat. “Corporal Roy Whit is one of 17 heavy transport vessels in its fleet. The published tweet is part of a campaign to familiarize the public with the least known U.S. Navy ships and vessels. And “Corporal Roy Whit” deserves special attention among them.
“The vessel was laid in 1987 at the Black Sea Shipyard in the Ukrainian city of Nikolaev, which at that time was part of the Soviet Union. It was the fourth and the last vessel of the “Captain Smirnov” 1609 project. According to the Soviet classification, it was an “Atlantic” type vessel capable of traveling long distances in stormy waters”, – writes Forbes. – “The vessel was launched under the name Vladimir Vaslyaev and operated as part of the Black Sea Shipping Company. In the 1980s, it was the largest shipping company in the world”.
Six years after the collapse of the USSR in 1997, the Americans bought the “Vladimir Vaslyaev” and after refinement and renaming to “Corporal Roy Whit”, the vessel became part of the U.S. Navy. This is not the only ship in the U.S. Naval Transportation Command that was not built in the U.S. itself, but it is the only ship actually built by a former “potential enemy”. Nevertheless, its merits were so significant that the Americans turned a blind eye to the ideology.
The fate of “Vladimir Vaslyaev” once again proves that the sign “made in the USSR” still remains unsurpassed evidence of quality and reliability. And besides, it is another mute reproach of the present Ukraine, which managed to squander the richest heritage of the great power so mediocrely.