Vladimir M. Remigailo, 73, a mechanical engineer for the Navy for 35 years when he retired from the Bureau of Ships in 1969, died of cancer Monday at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Remigailo began in 1934 as a draftsman at the Puget Sound, Wash., Navy Yard. He later worked at the Portsmouth, N.H., Navy Yard and moved to the Bureau of Ships in the Navy Department here in 1939.

He specialized in the design of shipboard cranes and elevators for handling aircraft, boats and weapons, including missiles.

At his retirement, Mr. Remigailo was head of the weapons handling and stowage section of the Bureau of Ships.

A native of Vladivostok, Russia, he came to the United States in 1923 as a student and champion gymnast. He received a bachelor's degree in merhanical engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1930.

He received the Navy Department's Superior Achievement Award in 1956, and an Outstanding Performance Rating and Superior Performance Award in 1958.

Mr. Remigailo was a member of the Washington Society of Engineers, the American Society of Naval Engineers, the Association of Senior Engineers of the Naval Ship System Command, and the U.S. Naval Institute.

Survivors include his wife, Helen S., of the home in Arlington; a son, Dr. Richard V., of Atlanta,; a daughter, Anne R. Myers, of Ardsley-on-Hudson, N.Y.; two brorthers in Russia, and three grandchildren.