American magazine named the aircraft-carrying cruiser "Admiral Kuznetsov" the most unlucky ship of the Russian Navy
Although the heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser "Admiral Kuznetsov" went through a series of accidents, accidents and other disasters, the command of the Russian Navy is not going to write it off. It is probably of great importance for the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
American columnist Mark Episkopos discusses this topic in his article published by The National Interest.
It cannot be said that Russia is poorly developing its Navy. On the contrary, new surface warships and submarines are constantly being supplied to its armament. And at the same time, it is in no way successful in modernizing the only aircraft carrier of the Russian Federation - the aircraft-carrying cruiser "Admiral Kuznetsov".
The ship has experienced so many breakdowns that cost the Russian budget billions of dollars that it would probably be cheaper to build or purchase a new similar ship.
Actually, his career began without much incident. In 1991 it was transferred to the fleet, but it reached full operational readiness by the mid-90s. His difficulties began in 2016. Then, due to problems with the equipment of the cruiser, the fleet lost two carrier-based fighters, after which its modernization began. During the repair work, a crane fell on the ship, breaking through the hull of the cruiser. This happened due to the flooding of the floating dock at the repair plant. Rebuilding the hull is said to have cost about a billion. A similar amount of damage was caused in 2019 by a fire that caught fire of oiled debris on the deck while welding. The accident resulted in the death of two people, another 14 suffered from burns and smoke poisoning.
Because of all this, the American magazine named the aircraft-carrying cruiser "Admiral Kuznetsov" the most unlucky ship of the Russian Navy.
And yet, the command of the fleet does not intend to write off the only aircraft carrier so far, but is going to modernize and return it to service. The ship will receive new weapons and electronics, as well as an improved deck landing system and other innovations. This is expected to happen by 2023.
- Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
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