Per reports, Russia’s only aircraft carrier that underwent many repair and maintenance delays could become operational by the end of next year, Russia’s TASS, the state news agency, stated on Tuesday.
The vessel Admiral Kuznetsov was launched in 1985 and was due to undergo a refit and become operational again in 2023. However, things did not go as planned.
“According to the adjusted plan, factory sea trials of the aircraft carrier should begin in the spring of 2024,” TASS reported, citing an unnamed defence source.
They also reported that if the ship passes the tests, it will be handed over to the fleet by 2024 end. If something goes wrong in the trials or any major glitches are revealed, the plan would be shifted further, and it would enter re-service in 2025.
During the cold month of December 2019, one service personnel died, and a dozen people were injured when a fire broke out on the ship. Last year, it sustained damage while undergoing repairs when the floating dock holding the vessel sank, and a crane crashed on its deck.
The aircraft carrier became popular in Britain in 2017 when then-Defense Secretary Michael Fallon called it ‘the ship of shame’ as it crossed the waters near the English coast, leaving black smoke.
References: The Gazette, Reuters
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