|Appears in||Call of Duty: Black Ops|
|Found in||Operation 40|
|Used by||Soviet Armed Forces|
|Actions||Broadcast station for the numbers|
|Status||Sank on February 26, 1968 by the US Navy|
The Rusalka is a Soviet ship anchored in the Cuban waters of the Gulf of Mexico that appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops. It is a key component to "Project Nova", in which it acts as the station from which the Number Sequences are broadcast to activate the sleeper agents across the United States.
During the mission "Redemption", The ship is attacked by Mason piloting a Huey alongside other pilots in a last-minute attempt to destroy the ship to stop the broadcasts from activating the sleeper cells. Though the crew and some supporting Mi-24 and Mi-8 managed to defeat American aircraft, the CIA team called in the US Navy, that destroyed the ship and its underwater base.
Disguised as a commercial ship, the Rusalka has rocket and AA batteries on deck to deter airborne intrusion. It also served as the surface component of the Soviet underwater submarine supply base, located on the seabed. It was this supply station that was the actual Numbers station, requiring the Rusalka and buoys to broadcast as was necessary from the surface. General Nikita Dragovitch was present here when the broadcasts were initiated, to his folly when Mason killed him after aborting the all of the broadcasts.
- In Slavic mythology, a Rusalka is a female spirit/demon that lives in waterways.
- "Rusalka" (русалка) means "mermaid" in Russian
- In Der Riese, while using one of the teleporters, the words "The Rusalka" can be seen. This is an early reference to Call of Duty: Black Ops.
- The Rusalka was seen in the first level of the campaign, and is also the location of the final confrontation with Dragovich, making it the both the beginning and the end of the Call of Duty: Black Ops storyline.
- When Mason breaches a room to find Viktor Reznov in "The Defector", a presentation is being shown in the room which shows information about Vorkuta, the real-life Rusalka, and Mount Yamantau. The info shown for the Rusalka is that it is an ironclad monitor, has a displacement of 1,871 long tons, a length of 62.3 meters, a beam of 12.8 meters, a draught of 3.3 meters, is propelled by a steam engine of 705 horsepower, has a speed of 9 knots, 177 complements, and is armed with 2x230mm, 8x87mm and 5x37mm guns. This ship sank in 1893; the one in the game is simply named after it.