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What Happened to Admiral Kuznetsov: Photo of Towing of Russian Aircraft Carrier Published Online

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What Happened to Admiral Kuznetsov: Photo of Towing of Russian Aircraft Carrier Published Online

The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and an unknown vessel at the Alboran Sea near the coast of Morocco (Photo: Getty Image / DigitalGlobe / ScapeWare3d)

A photo from the Getty Images stock photography, showing an unknown vessel, stationed near the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier near the coast of Morocco, has become a reason for jokes and an ‘investigation’. Some people made a conclusion that the aircraft carrier is broken and towed.

The image appeared in the image bank on November 3, but the photo is dated October 28. According to the caption of the photography, the satellite image, taken by a satellite of the Digital Globe company, shows the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier in the Alboran Sea, near the coast of Morocco.

Journalists and bloggers drew their attention on the photo. Many of them supposed that the vessel was being towed via the back of the deck. Some media compared official reports and data of marine trackers that track movement of some of the ships, belonging to the group of the Northern Fleet, led by the Admiral Kuznetsov, and concluded that the Nikolay Chiker vessel implemented the towing and led the aircraft carrier to Crete Island. The FAN news agency even tried to prove that the photography is a fake of Ukrainian media and claimed that the picture shows a refueling of the Admiral Kuznetsov in the sea.

There is no data that could confirm this information. Pro-Russian media activists say that the photo shows a process of refueling of the aircraft carrier with the Dubna self-propelled tanker, which is also a part of the group of the Northern Fleet in the Mediterranean. The vessel on the picture really looks like the Dubna tanker. Photos of four tankers of this type can be found online.

The Russian Defense Ministry and the Russian Foreign Ministry have not commented on the issue.

Additional comment by SF Team:

Looking at the photo of the Kuznetsov, it is definitely not being towed. Another pictured vessel is a cargo vessel, but not a tug. The vessel would not be towing it from astern. Tow lines would not be so taught. They are not underway as there is no sign of a bow wave or wake. The smoke from its funnel shows the direction of the wind, opposite to the direction of any movement astern. As opposed to tow cables, it looks like unrep rigging, but such an operation is usually conducted with the vessels oriented alongside one another, taking advantage of the wind break or ‘lee’ created. The photo looks very strange.

The photography became a reason for many jokes and derogatory remarks about the Russian fleet and the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft cruiser.

A shame of the Russian Navy, the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier is in tow. They are dragging it to Syria! October 28, 2016, near the coast of Morocco.

The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier in tow advances to Aleppo. The NATO is in a cold sweat.

The Admiral Kuznetsov took in tow and sent to a Greek port. Finished the war, piteous! Will be cut into needles!

On the morning of November 3, the P-8A Poseidon aircraft of the US Navy took off from the Sigonella airbase in Sicily and made reconnaissance flights to monitor the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, which in that moment, was stationed the coast of the island of Crete. However, there were no reports that the vessel is faulty or towed.

On October 16, it was reported that the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier departed to Syria, accompanied by a tow boat in the case of problems. According to journalists, despite the external greatness and power, the aircraft carrier has many technical problems since the time of the USSR. One of these problems is black smoke, coming from the funnel, which has recently attracted attention of Russian and foreign media.

The Admiral Kuznetsov sails to Syria in tow. A photo-fact!

We have shown the whole world the power of Russian tow boats!

A photo-fact! The Admiral Kuznetsov has almost sailed to Syria.

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Doesn’t make sense. You don’t normally tow a ship in reverse… Theres still smoke coming from the funnels so it cant be that bad…

John Whitehot

i noticed it too. seems refueling to me. also seems the two ships are stopped. If it’s not a photoshopped pic.


Yes no bow wave.

Valhalla rising

since when do you tow ships in reverse ? what a nonsense…of course ships are towed from the front


You don’t tow ships in reverse, just more western propaganda. They’ll be crying that the big evil, powerful Russia fleet is destroying Aleppo soon enough.



Joseph Scott

They can’t seem to make up their mind. A couple of weeks ago “The entire Northern Fleet” was heading for Syria. From one moment to the next Russia is the epitome of menace, capable of and behind everything, the next they are an antiquated joke. I can’t remember: is Oceania at war with Eurasia, or East Asia? I missed the daily Hour of Hate.


Your not going to be laughing pretty son when Russia wakes up in the morning and point there most advance nuclear misiles that they poses in your backyard. ….

A B Chilling

I remember the Cold War. One day, Russia has almost parity with the US and NATO which makes it a serious threat. The next day, don’t worry about Russia, it’s at least ten years behind and everything they have keeps breaking down. After a while, I could tell the whole back and forth routine was a load of BS.

Ser Korz

1984 is the West today


No ISIS in Aleppo, only Syrians :(

Knight of St John

Al-Nusra = ISIS.

Ser Korz

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Dod Grile

Some overpaid little hack is bored.


They really must think Putin IS superman, I LOL at the pic with Putin swimming and towing the Adm K.

The one with the oars is pretty cool too.


Your rigth, the real superman here is donald trump he claims that with his big mouth his going to make america great again, i think the circo of solei should hire him as there magician. …..do you agree with that? ???


No reason for South Front to post an article on a non-issue such as this.

Richard the Slav

yeah tbh

Paulo Vieira

I do not agree with you . This post shows the stupidity of those who think we are stupid.




If you look at all the pictures then you will see they are clearly taken at different times. In some of the pictures there are deck markings and in others there are none. Just liar doing what they do.

John Whitehot

it could be the work of the ukrainian intel service, the one whose symbol has been shown lately (The owl with the sword pointing over Russia lolz). If that’s the case, they are already showing their retardedness. Stupid people don’t know they are stupid, it’s inherent to stupidity.

Lewis Benzie

Russian have one aircraft carrier. Thats one more than the UK.


Yes one aircraft carrier, but poses the biggest nuclear arsenal in the world 1800 warheads ready to rock and roll buddy. ….


When the planes start to hammer the CIA proxies the trolls will cry, the SU -33 has enhanced targetting software, the MIG-29 is state of the art and the Ka-52 helicopters are first class too………the Kuznetsov has it’s own cruise missiles and heavy guns on board, the Russian navy will flatten the terrorists in Aleppo.


Im with you buddy


you just don’t tow ships in reverse, and i never seen a ship towed with this tow line configuration it’s bunkering at sea or refueling


You tow with a 3 part bridle and you never tow in reverse…….It was bunkering fuel and water.


Russia now has 18 ships in the Mediterranean Sea and many have Kalibr cruise missiles, as well as 3 submarines with Kalibr cruise missiles on board, as well as TU-160 and TU -95 bombers flying from Russia and Iran to hit CIA proxies……….the assault will begin on the 8th November…….. :-)


Is this real or another myth from Hollywood? ??

VeeNarian (Yerevan)

No myth! The “superior and civilised” US/EU/NATO gang are supporting the same head-chopping ilk in Syria that murdered 3000 on 9/11. Do you know what kind of “moderate” rebels the US/EU/NATO are supporting in Aleppo with their full propaganda might? Are you really happy with these head-choppers? Care to have them in your city?


The aircraft carrier has been refueled by Algeria via a tanker. It’s unbelievable that the russia army didn’t anticipate this.

Just thanks Algeria. Otherwise, it would have been an international shame to see the russian aircraft carrier stuck on the sea.

The russian army doesn’t seem that professional.


Why would the Army be worrying about an aircraft carrier when the Navy has tankers re-supplying ships.


The tanker went to Algeria to refueled and then refueled the aircraft carrier. The russian army should have anticipate this. Hopefully a country accept to refueled the Kuznetsov. Otherwise, it would have been a total disaster.


Tankers can refuel in Tartous Syria…….18 ships need refuelling…. …plenty of fuel don’t worry.


It’s non sens to refuel from Tartous. It’s much simpler to anticipate the refueling and to keep in mind that European countries are USA slaves. You can’t trust european countries anymore.


Yes you are right about that, they are US slaves, but the tankers were there are backup regardless.


What are you talking about?? Their backup was always there, self propelled tankers.


There is no wake .No waves in water of either ship. The ships are transferring supplies. It is not being towed from behind .

Marek Pejović

you know, this might well be a very clever Putin’s idea for a political stunt that would discredit Russian military just before elections, and make the US constituency move away from Clinton’s rabid anti-Russian retoric. after seeing this, common US voters are convinced russians are no threat, and will be less likely to be coralled by fear into voting for Clinton. And I like the photoshops! XD


First off nobody in the US is going to see the photo, we don’t care. In addition nobody in the US see’s the Russian military as a threat. We have killer clowns! That or we have no idea it even exists! Nobody is voting for Clinton out of fear of the Russians. The idiots will vote for her because they like her or hate the tangerine man! Either way this is not news here, very few if anyone cares what the hell Russia does in Syria! Problem is those few are in charge and they want to fight the Russians, but the average American has no idea and puts Russia and Syria about dead last on there list of concerns!

This story is not even about the west, I am sure you can find plenty of fan boy sites that will mock the Russian navy but it does not play large. In addition they would do that anyway. As a matter of fact all the insults of the Russian navy seem to be in Russian, not English!


Agreed. Nobody here even knows what the heck this aircraft carrier does, is named, is towed and nobody gives a damn. C’mon Ruskies, you can build something better and modern though.

Regarding Syria. The only ones here that pay attention to this are news junkies like Ted, me and a handful. The rest are Neocon/Neolib politicians, news manipulators and American mercenary companies.


I are totally wrong my friend believe to the usa it does matter to watch for Russia pretty soon you are going to see what kind of technology they poses and believe Russia is not going to syria with WATER GUNS


“C’mon Ruskies, you can build something better and modern though.”

I’m sure they can but given all the weapons they could spend money on and Russia’s military doctrine why would they waste money on aircraft carriers?


I comment is a total disaster just like your uncle Donald trump


Really, quit trying to be a keyboard hero, go find a link from a major US news source that has this story as front page news anywhere in the United States and shut me up! Man up! Back that shit talk with some facts! Or STFU and let the adults talk, you may learn something!


Russians care less of usa elections there getting ready to bomb the grabbed out of somebody and believe me they don’t mess around. …

Behroze Aslam

Last time Russian Government requested spain to refuel admiral kuznetsov but spain was forced by NATO to reject Russian request as Russia has other way in syria, i think that probably leads to this. thats why no russian air strike in syria for temporarily. *my opinion


Let ’em laugh! Nothing like dropping in unexpectedly, with a ship they thought wasn’t coming…stupid Americans.

Robert Smith

Actually we knew you were coming, we just didn’t care. I mean look at your ships, that pride of your Russian fleet has a ramp launching system because you Russians can’t even figure out how to make a proper electromagnetic aircraft launching system.

So Haha? I don’t know why I am supposed to laugh at you, I actually just feel embarrassed for you.


You retard. All the world knows Russian military tech is superior.

You knew Russians were coming to Syria? To do what? Observe you dropping supplies for ISIL and assisting ISIL?

Russia didn’t care, they wiped ISIL out in Syria anyway, in spite of your offering full support to ISIL.

the multiple Russian fleets hit targets bear the Mediterranean from deep inside the continent, central Asia, (Caspian Sea) and we’ll inside the Middle East from the Black Sea.

Be embarrassed at yourselves.

Robert Smith

Wow put your tinfoil hat back on dude nobody believe that russia’s tiny fleet is any good.

It’s a three way in Syria ISIL = evil, Russia and Assad = evil and finally the Free Syrian army = good. Thing is your never gonna believe that your 5’7″ midget of a leader with the body of a 90 year old man is lying to you when he says ISIL and the Free Syrian Army are the same thing. Ever wonder why you’re still sending in militants if that ISIL has been wiped out?

See you and that midget both know how weak Russia actually is so you need as many countries addicted to your oil as possible that way they can’t join nato for fear of Russia hurting their economy. Oh BTW how are those lovely falling oil prices?

It’s cute when you Russians try out your paper tiger act. ;)

Monte George Jr

With a name like “Robert Smith” you are either a fugitive from justice or a troll, using a rather unimaginative alias. I’m going to go with Troll, based on: 1. Labeling people as “tinfoil hat” wearers is the signature trademark of trolls everywhere. 2. No one in the western world calls anyone “Dude” anymore; the Valley Girl/Guy thing has been out of style for decades – it died along with Disco music. 3. Substituting personal attacks (“…midget of a leader…”) for facts and reasoning is a dead giveaway.

Believing that Russia is a “paper tiger” is a dangerous delusion. Even at it’s weakest point (during the 1990’s) Russia had the capability to eradicate the USA in the space of a single hour. Russia is much stronger today and if push comes to shove (i.e, Hillary is elected) Russia will not be deterred by the prospect of US/NATO retaliation – Russians will die on their feet before they will consent to live on their knees. Accept this and act accordingly, or die.

Robert Smith

I’m going to assume you’re a troll based on the fact that you’re saying you’re Russian.

If you were actually an american and not just a troll you would know that we do in fact use “Dude” in everday conversation all the time still.

I called him midget because you Russians love to suck his dick.

Tinfoil wearing conspiracy therorist is an apt description of a fool who actually thinks Russia is real threat.

I was already a man when the wall in Germany fell. So I am well aware of how you Russians nowadays can only pick on countries that aren’t affiliated with the U.S. or NATO like Georgia or Ukraine. I know you want to be scary, but you really aren’t. Bring it on weakling. I long for the day I get an excuse to wipe your dictatorship off the map. Make it snappy though i’m already 46 and I’ve been waiting long enough

Monte George Jr

Dream on ‘Robert’. I’m not Russian. Never said I was. I am a 5th gen. US citizen, worked in the Nuclear Power and Defense/Intelligence contracting business for 30 years in Silicon Valley (California). I have a fair understanding of US/NATO and Russian tactical and strategic military capabilities and of the nuclear technology that we will soon use to destroy ourselves if we are not careful. I’m not trying to scare anyone, just trying to inject some reality into the hysterical dialog that is circulating recently.

Russian conventional military technology is in general at least a generation (10 years) ahead of ours: tanks, aircraft, EW, anti-aircraft anti-missile defense. In a conventional war, Russians will be in Berlin and Paris in a matter of weeks. Going nuclear is hopeless, because we have absolutely no effective defense against Russia’s ground and naval strategic missile fleet. Worse, Russia (and China) have active civil defense programs (Russia’s drill this year sent 40 million citizens to the shelters) to preserve some of their population; the USA has deep underground Continuity of Government shelters to preserve a tiny remnant of specialists and elite; the EU and UK have nothing. Assuming no Global Nuclear Winter (a lousy assumption), Russia and China will survive, we will not. The closest thing to victory we can hope for is that no one survives.

But keep up the tough talk, if it makes you feel better. The coming war is probably beyond stopping at this point, and when it comes it will end your suffering in a single hour or less. Until then, I wish you whatever solace your arrogance can bring you.

Robert Smith

Nice try troll. Nobody and I mean nobody in america actually believes Russia’s tiny military is more powerful than ours. You do do know we also have an active missile defense program right?

But go ahead keep trying to talk up your pathetic excuse for an army your going to intimidate Americans into surrendering to you anytime. I know you want to take over the world and harm NATO, but we aren’t going to let you.

So again come on try your power grab. Try to harm us. Try to make our citizens feel scared. We are more powerful and none of your countries online trolls are going to change that fact.

The only thing you can possibly hope for by attacking us is mutually assured destruction. I just want you understand that little Russian.

By the way Berlin and Paris in a matter of weeks? You really think you’re going to last till then in a nuclear war with the U.S.? You won’t last an hour.

Monte George Jr

“…won’t last an hour”. Neither will you.

Robert Smith

You don’t get it Russian. When you try and attack us like you did with Georgia and Ukraine we aren’t going to have to take it. We are stronger than you. And we are prepared to die to protect our country from you.

Monte George Jr

Congratulations on your great victory – I just died laughing!

Robert Smith

The one were we kill you or the one where we kill you? If you were american you would know that’s a figure of speech Russian.

This is what I get for being polite to Russian crybaby. Are you really that upset about our missile defense system being able to knock out your Russian duds. Stop whining and get a real job troll.

Robert Smith

You’re welcome though Russia is a pretty funny joke. :)

Robert Smith

“Russia’s drill this year sent 40 million citizens to the shelters”- you realze you are only doing that because of how afraid putin is of the U.S. He knows he could never win.

A missile defense system is also a terrible way to use the military budget in a nuclear war, but you didn’t actually know that did you? Seriously the cost of making more missiles than can possibly be stopped is way cheaper.

Why am I actually talking to you? I looked at your history. It’s nothing but a bunch of propaganda against america. Mr 5th gen U.S. citizen(yeah you are a russian)

And Russia is failing economy with a paper tiger for a military. Seriously I had one of you brag about 300 dollars a month for your wage. WTF is wrong with you people?

Pampi Ta

About the non-bombings by Russian planes, I was thinking that Putin waits the US election and gives a chance to Trump (just imagine the frenzy pro-Killary propaganda MSN if the Russians bomb Aleppo, they’ll accuse Trump of siding with the ‘war criminals’). The day after the US election, the Russian-Syrian operation might begin.

Mohammad mehrashena

People stop measuring penises to see who’s bigger or whos more intimidating..war kills people is that what every one wants? The people who have been in a war dont want a war and dont want to see any one in a war..war is not what you see in a movie. The real thing well mack you crap your pants.i have head bullets pass over my head and that was enough for me.

Jorge Jaramillo

It’s being towed off a sandbar most likely.


Is there any information available about the actual position of the Kuznetsov? I mean it cannot be such a hidden secret, or am I wrong?

Ser Korz

Ha ha ha ! Russia will have the last laugh

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