Russian aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov” is on repairs now in the port of Murmansk before going to Mideterrean and Syria this summer. Marina, the blogger went up close to the giant boat to make some awesome shots, and here they are!
This is the biggest Russian ship now and it is the only vertical launch aircraft carrier in modern Russia.
It is thirty-one year old. Built in 1985. Active since 1989.
Named after Soviet admiral Kuznetsov. At first it was called “Soviet Union”, then called “Riga” (Latvian capital), then renamed to “Leonid Brezhnev” and then renamed to “Tbilisi” (Georgian capital).
It has received first vertical take off jets in Soviet Union. In fact the first vertical take off jet landed on ship in USSR was on this ship. It was SU-27K.
The ship is 270 meter long.
The crew is 1960 people.
It can carry 26 jets and 24 helicopters.
This ship never participated in real war. At least as of now.
Thanks to Marina for the photos her website is below: