Russian Navy Aircraft Carriers

Aircraft Carriers (includes large aircraft cruisers)

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Kuznetsov Class (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 FlagshipAdmiral Kuznetsov carrier 2019 Severomorskimg_0079

Kuznetsov optical illusion 2019-06 Murmansk

Capture is annotated to highlight splicing of two separate captures which depict the same Russian aircraft carrier


Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kusnetsov NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-96-00518

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

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


Soviet 1985 Replenishment at Sea by the fleet oiler Berezine of a Kiev class aircraft cruiser, a Kresta II class cruiser and aKashin class destroyer and a 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)Admiral Gorshkov Kiev Class Severodvinsk 2006Kiev (1975 – 1993) – now at Tianjin Binhai Aircraft Carrier Theme Park, ChinaKiev Kiev Class in ChinaMinsk (1978 – 1993) – now also a military theme park in China, Yantian District. ShenzhenMinsk Kiev Class in China

Moskva 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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