Russia's only aircraft carrier damaged after crane falls on it

Almost Heaven

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s only aircraft carrier was damaged while undergoing repairs in the north of the country after the floating dock holding it sank in the early hours of Tuesday and a crane crashed onto its deck, tearing a gash up to 5 meters wide.

The Admiral Kuznetsov has seen action in Russia’s military campaign in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad with its planes carrying out air strikes against rebel forces.

It was being overhauled on one of the world’s biggest floating docks in the icy waters of the Kola Bay near Murmansk close to where Russia’s Northern Fleet is based and was due to go back into service in 2021.

Maria Kovtun, Murmansk’s governor, said in a statement that a rescue operation had been launched and 71 people evacuated after the floating dock holding the ship had begun to sink.

The warship had been successfully extracted from the dock before it completely sank, she said.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-military-ship/russias-only-aircraft-carrier-damaged-after-crane-falls-on-it-idUSKCN1N410U
 

Jonathan

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That is because boats, whether for pleasure or defense, are basically all holes in the water into which one throws money by the fistful and bucket.

Except for kayaks. Usually.
Hehe. I used to be, and still am really, an aviation enthusiast, and I've heard people well off enough to own an airplane call it "A hole in the sky!" Lol. But seriously, history has a lot of examples where a Navy has bankrupted a nation.
 

SonSeeker

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Navies are extremely expensive, which is why you can judge a lot about a state/country by their Navy.
Just out of curiosity, I looked up the number of aircraft carriers by country.
The United States has 20.:salute
The rest of the entire world has .......get this.....20!
And most of those are US allies.:doh
Since Russia really doesn't have one at this time, the rest of the world only has 19!
 
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athenasius

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Just out of curiosity, I looked up the number of aircraft carriers by country.
The United States has 20.:salute
The rest of the entire world has .......get this.....20!
And most of those are US allies.:doh
Since Russia really doesn't have one at this time, the rest of the world only has 19!
Anchors Aweigh me maties! Sounds like a pretty good set of numbers. Way to go America!
 
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