Russia: Admiral Kuznetsov Class Aircraft Carrier Prepares for Deployment


Crew of Northern Fleet (NF) aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov headed by Capt 1 rank Sergei Artamonov is completing preparation for deployment. The carrier is going to start long-range cruise in the second half of Nov 2011.

Through summer training period, the crew of Admiral Kuznetsov has performed a number of training activities jointly with NF Shipborne Fighter Wing and conducted aircraft control drills; the ship’s commanding staff improved control skills over subordinate units and services.

For many crewmembers, that will be the first long-range cruise in their lives. Out of 2,000-men crew, 800 seamen and young officers will accomplish assigned tasks in distant ocean zones for the first time.

The coming deployment will be the fifth long-range cruise for Admiral Kuznetsov. Previously, the Russian aircraft carrier was deployed in the Atlantic Ocean and in the Mediterranean Sea, paid formal calls at Syrian port Tartus, Crete Island and Malta.

Source: rusnavy, November 01, 2011