Cutter Vorovsky Visit Offers Crew Rare Shopping Opportunity

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Russian crew members engaged in a little retail therapy during a four-day visit to Kodiak. Littering the deck of the Krivak-class warship are childrens’ bicycles, kitchenware and other household items which proved popular purchases. Jacob Resneck/KMXT photo

Jacob Resneck/KMXT

The Russian coast guard cutter Vorovsky got underway last night to embark on joint maneuvers with the U.S. Coast Guard in the Bering Sea. During its four-day visit to Kodiak crewmembers from the Krivak-class warship took the opportunity to do a little shopping. KMXT’s Jacob Resneck checked out what they got.

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The Vorovsky’s 167 crew are based in the city of Petropavlovsk on the Kamchatka peninsula. Like Kodiak it’s off the road system and relatively remote. So perhaps it’s not surprising to see crew members loading up on household items. On the dock are children’s bicycles, sporting goods and kitchenware.

One young engineer who didn’t give his name says his friends and neighbors had given him a shopping list.

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Then there’s just temptation to load up on…

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Bus driver Bill Maloney has been shuttling crew members to and from town. He says the young men have been in the mood to spend.

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Inside the Coast Guard exchange, the base’s mini department store, scores of crew members fill shopping carts. One officer has clothes of different sizes.

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Working the front counter is Kimberly Richard. She tells me that at one point the exchange was sold out of whiskey.

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Meanwhile at the dock, Russian and U.S. coast guardsmen have been exchanging pins, hats and other trinkets for souvenirs from over the railings. Both the Vorovsky and the National Security Cutter Bertholf are headed out for some joint exercises in the Bering Sea.

I’m Jacob Resneck

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