Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, docked in Northern Russia to undergo a series of inspections and repairs.
According to the TASS News Agency, the repairs will be made in Roslyakovo, Murmansk Region.
“The repair workers will first make the ship’s inspection in the dock, after which a decision will be made on the scope of the repairs,” the fleet’s press office said, adding the repairs would be carried out by specialists of the 82nd shipyard at Roslyakovo in the Murmansk Region.
The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier is the flagship of the Russian Navy. Its last long-distance voyage was performed in 2014 when it sailed in the Mediterranean Sea.
Entered in service in December 1985, the Admiral Kuznetsov is ageing and is in need of frequent inspection and repairs. Officially, there is no plan to build new aircraft carrier for the Russian Navy.
However, the Mistral-class LHD story with France is making Russia’s top brass reconsider whether they will rebuild aircraft carriers or not. I wouldn’t be surprised if they do, aircraft carriers are a strong power projection ship and enables the fleet to have fighter aircrafts for air superiority.
As a matter of fact, according to TASS, Navy Commander Viktor Chirkov said that Russian research companies are working on new aircraft carrier’s plan.
“The Navy will have an aircraft carrier. The research companies are working on it, and strictly in compliance with the requirements from the Chief Commander,” he said during a trip to the Kolomensky Zavod plant near Moscow (a supplier of diesel engines for the Russian Navy).
Adding to that, the helicopters it carries can perform a range of operations such as anti-submarines warfare, aerial reconnaissance and deployment of sonar buoys.
The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier is vital for the Russian Navy, especially for long-range deployment of ships. It is almost impossible for the Russian Navy to keep its notoriety without an aircraft carrier.
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