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


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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