After the "Yom Kippur War" in 1973 between Israel and the Arab countries, the world is faced with the inability to use the major traffic artery - Suez Canal. Besides the huge amount of unexploded ordnance, the channel itself and its approaches proved to be mined. And minefields exhibited Egyptians randomly, without drawing up the necessary documents. Unable to conduct independent demining Egyptian government appealed to the world's leading powers for help. USA, UK, France and the Soviet Union responded and sent their ships. From the Soviet Navy had sent a detachment of naval minesweepers of the Pacific Fleet, as the main force representing the cruiser "Leningrad" of the Black Sea Fleet with special helicopters, minesweepers.
The detachment consisted of the Black Sea Fleet cruiser "Leningrad", the destroyer "Skory" and supply ship "Boris Chilikin".
Cruiser "Leingrad" carrying 16 helicopters on board. Instead of 14 ASW ka-25pl - only 5. Free up space in the hangar took 8 minesweepers ka-25bshz and search and rescue ka-25ps. On the deck of the trawler additionally placed 2 mi-8bt.
Large ASW ship "Skory" (Kashin-class guided missile destroyer). The world's first warship to the gas turbine power plant. Well-armed for their time and unpretentious destroyer. Behind the characteristic sound of the turbines working these ships called "singing frigates."
The tanker "Boris Chilikin" except fuel inventories could carry a large number of different goods to supply the squadron. For self-defense ship was armed with two twin 57 mm guns and anti-aircraft battery AK-630. Subsequently, the armament was removed, and the ships themselves have received civil color - to facilitate visits to foreign ports.
Squadron had a long way - the Black and Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic and Indian Oceans. During the campaign the latest Soviet helicopter-carrier followed with interest the ships "potential enemy". On the way to the Red Sea straight ahead appeared the American missile cruiser "Chicago".
The rearranged heavy cruisers of the class "Baltimore", Albany-class cruisers were outstanding representatives of the nuclear missile age of 50-60 years of the 20th century. Huge superstructure, tall masts, combined with smokestacks. A huge variety of antennas. And of course the most contemporary to the time of anti-aircraft missile systems "Talos" and "Tartar".
Unfortunately, I could not find pictures of these two great ships in the same order. Perhaps it does not exist. In just a few hours a joint voyage A team cruisers exchanged greetings in the native languages of each other and wished a happy voyage. Soviet squadron successfully arrived in the area of mine clearance. The line of duty, having to trawl over 17,000 miles, they liquidated mine danger in the area of 1250 square miles.