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Admiral Kuznetsov returns from dry dock


Dec 5, 2014
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Admiral Kuznetsov returns from dry dock
Nicholas de Larrinaga, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
20 August 2015

Google Earth satellite image dated 27 May 2015 of Russian Navy aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov during refit at the 82 Shipyard floating dockyard at Roslyakovo. (Digital Globe)

The Russian Navy's sole aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov , has completed three months in dry dock, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 20 August.

Admiral Kuznetsov was identified as being in refit at the end of May at the 82 Shipyard floating dockyard at Roslyakovo in Kola Bay, between Murmansk and Severomorsk (the headquarters of the Russian Navy's Northern Fleet).

According to the MoD, the relatively short period in dry dock involved cleaning and painting the vessel's hull, repair of onboard electrical equipment, and a general service of the ship. Some additional work will now be conducted alongside at Murmansk before the vessel again sets sail.

Admiral Kuznetsov, being escorted by the UK Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon, in transit in the North Sea in May 2014. (Crown Copyright)

Admiral Kuznetsov , which was launched in 1985, was planned to undergo a major five-year refit between 2012 and 2017, but barring occasional three-month periods has not had a major refit since its two-year refit between 1996 and 1998. Although over the past few years the carrier has been an increasingly regular sight in the North Sea and Mediterranean, Admiral Kuznetsov has spent most of her service history moored alongside in Kola Bay.
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