Nuclear Multi-Role Sub to Escort Russia’s Aircraft Carrier at Syrian Shores

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Russia will deploy its aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea before the end of 2016 for a period of up to four months.

Nuclear Multi-Role Sub to Escort Russia’s Aircraft Carrier at Syrian Shores

Photo: RIA Novosti / Alexei Danichev

A group of the Russian Navy warships, led by the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, will set off for the Mediterranean Sea before the end of 2016 for a period of up to four months, the former head of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, Adm. Igor Kasatonov told the RIA Novosti news agency.

Earlier in July, a source familiar with the matter told RIA Novosti that the aircraft carrier would be deployed in the Mediterranean no sooner than October.

“The ship will set off [for the Mediterranean] at the end of the year. The carrier battle group, which will include several screening ships, will be formed. Allegedly, a nuclear multi-role submarine will be [in the group]. The ship’s deployment is designed to last for 3-4 months,” Kasatonov, who also was the first deputy commander of Russia’s Navy, said.

According to the admiral, up to a certain point, the group would be escorted by IL-38 anti-submarine aircraft and Tu-142 long range aircraft, exercises would be conducted with the aircraft. “In view of the situation, the carrier battle group could also work with Tu-160 strategic bombers,” Kasatonov noted. However, he did not disclose campaign tasks: “The aircraft carrier will perform the tasks that it will receive.”

The heavy aircraft cruiser Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov has recently taken on its board a new wing, consisting of deck-based fighters MiG-29KR and Su-33. Pilots flew training missions, checking the serviceability status of the aircraft and the aircraft carrier systems, during the sortie over the Baltic Sea.

In the Mediterranean, the aircraft carrier will strike the Syrian terrorists. After returning to the base, the Admiral Kuznetsov will be on the upgrade.

The Admiral Kuznetsov was constructed at the Mykolaiv South Shipyard, the sole manufacturer of Soviet aircraft carriers, and launched in 1985. It became fully operational in 1995. The aircraft carrier, which is the largest one in Russia and Eurasia, is able to carry up to 50 aircraft and helicopters. The Admiral Kuznetsov has a displacement of 61,390 tons, the flight deck of 306 meters long, and it is able to develop a maximum speed of 29 knots. The crew of the aircraft carrier is 1,980 people.

Nuclear Multi-Role Sub to Escort Russia’s Aircraft Carrier at Syrian Shores

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Nuclear Multi-Role Sub to Escort Russia’s Aircraft Carrier at Syrian Shores

Photo: TASS / Lev Fedoseyev

Nuclear Multi-Role Sub to Escort Russia’s Aircraft Carrier at Syrian Shores

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Nuclear Multi-Role Sub to Escort Russia’s Aircraft Carrier at Syrian Shores

Photo: TASS / Lev Fedoseyev

Nuclear Multi-Role Sub to Escort Russia’s Aircraft Carrier at Syrian Shores

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Nuclear Multi-Role Sub to Escort Russia’s Aircraft Carrier at Syrian Shores

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Nuclear Multi-Role Sub to Escort Russia’s Aircraft Carrier at Syrian Shores

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Nuclear Multi-Role Sub to Escort Russia’s Aircraft Carrier at Syrian Shores

Photo: TASS / Lev Fedoseyev

Nuclear Multi-Role Sub to Escort Russia’s Aircraft Carrier at Syrian Shores

Photo: RIA Novosti / Oleg Lastochkin

Nuclear Multi-Role Sub to Escort Russia’s Aircraft Carrier at Syrian Shores

Photo: RIA Novosti / Oleg Lastochkin

Nuclear Multi-Role Sub to Escort Russia’s Aircraft Carrier at Syrian Shores

Photo: TASS / Lev Fedoseyev

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  • Watch out for Israels tricks. Don’t think it can’t happen to you, if it happened to Americans.
    Russia is the one who watched Israel mercilessly attacking the USS-Liberty.

  • How impressive – the only Russian rust bucket aircraft carrier – this must for Mongol consumption who do not have access to Wikipedia. All the color glossies remind me of Alice’s Restaurant.