Russian Navy – Aircraft Carriers

Aircraft Carriers (includes large aircraft cruisers)

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Kuznetsov Class / Project 11435 (1990) LOA 1001′ TDISP 58,000 tons (1, 1 uncompleted, sent for conversion to non-military use in China – the People’s Liberation Army Navy reconditioned and activated it, see China listing)

Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov (1991) Navy Flagship

Admiral Kuznetsov carrier 2019 Murmansk
Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov was damaged by a crane while refitting in the drydock (below),  which accidentally sank and this may show the state of repairs as of July 2019.

Admiral Kuznetsov carrier 2019 SeveromorskAdmiral Kuznetsov carrier 2018 Murmansk

Kuznetsov optical illusion 2019-06 Murmansk
Capture is annotated to highlight splicing of two separate captures which depict the same Russian aircraft carrier
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Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kusnetsov NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-96-00518

Aircraft Cruisers (Soviet designation for a large aircraft-carrying vessel)

Kiev Class / Project 1143 Krechyet Heavy Aircraft Cruiser LOA 896′ TDISP 43,000 tons (4 built, 2 preserved, 1 converted and still active)

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Soviet 1985 Replenishment at Sea by the fleet oiler Berezine of a Kiev class aircraft cruiser, a Kresta II class cruiser and a Kashin class destroyer NARA 330-CFD-DN-SN-86-00851

Admiral Gorshkov ex-Baku (1987 – 1996) – sold to India ca. 2004 and converted to full-length carrier INS Vikramaditya. (see Indian Navy listing)

Baku 1989
Kiev class Baku, in 1989. NARA: US Navy 330-CFD-DN-SC-90-05958

Admiral Gorshkov Kiev Class Severodvinsk 2006Kiev (1975 – 1993) – now at Tianjin Binhai Aircraft Carrier Theme Park, ChinaKiev Kiev Class in ChinaMinsk (1978 – 1993) – was a military theme park in China, Yantian District. Shenzhen. This park went bankrupt, the carrier was moved to a new site, North of Shanghai, where it was supposed to be part of a new park, but is instead deteriorating and apparently abandoned. Minsk Kiev class in China 2018
Minsk Kiev Class in China

Moskva /  Project 1123 Kondor helicopter cruiser, the first generation of large aircraft-carrying Soviet vessels. 2 built, both scrapped. Image added to show evolution of aircraft cruisers © Crown copyright. IWM (A 35149)

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