Russia is refusing to give up on its godawful sh*theap of an aircraft carrier
The years have not been kind to Russia’s sole, geriatric aircraft carrier.
Followed by billowing black smoke and massive tugboats wherever it goes, Admiral Kuznetsov has long been an object of derision in the defense commentary sphere.
The usual sense of levity accompanying Admiral Kuznetsov coverage turned to tragedy in 2018, when a 70-ton crane smashed into the carrier’s hull. Almost as devastating as the considerable damage to the carrier itself was the loss of PD-50, Kuznetsov’s floating drydock that sank from the blow’s impact. The 2018 drydock disaster spawned a deluge of articles speculating as to Kuznetsov’s fate, with many predicting its long-awaited decommission.
It appears, however, that the Russian Navy is refusing to throw in the towel.
Earlier this month, a Russian defense industry insider told the state media outlet TASS that Kuznetsov will be docked for repairs in 2020: “The phase of repairs in a dry dock will begin in 2020, provided the facilities required are in place and the dock’s capacity is increased.”
The wording of the latter phrase is particularly interesting, in that it suggests that the needed drydock renovations are still at an early stage and may suffer unexpected setbacks.
Nonetheless, the United Shipbuilding Corporation (JSC)—Russia’s state-owned shipbuilding conglomerate—insists that both the repair and refit stages will be completed by the initial target of 2021. “It’s a complex package of measures, so we foresee a certain postponement of the second docking of the ship, but the eventual deadline for completing the repairs and upgrade – 2021 – will remain unchanged,” according to the company.
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