Russia’s Sole Aircraft Carrier Catches Fire in Northern Port

Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, caught fire on Thursday during maintenance work in Russia’s Arctic port in Murmansk, with three people unaccounted for, Russian news agencies reported.

One source told the TASS news agency that the fire had started on the upper deck and that thick, black smoke was billowing from the vessel.

(c) The Moscow Times


  1. Looks like old Ol’ Smoky is now Ol’ Sparky.
    And to think just prior to her famous Mediterrainian cruise, Russians were bragging about how she was better than the RNs new Queen Elizabeth carrier!

  2. This piece of crap has been an embarrassment since the beginning. It had 2 of its aircraft crashed in less than 2 weeks and was accompanied by tug boats wherever it went. Then a crane smashed into its hull and sank the dry dock it was in. Now this.
    Along with numerous submarine disasters , exploding ammo dumps, a littany of aircraft crashes the list goes on.



    MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. The number of people injured in a fire onboard the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, which is under renovation in Murmansk, reached 10 people, an emergency source told TASS.

    “Ten people were injured: they were mostly poisoned by combustion products,” the source said. Six people are in the intensive care unit. Just one injured person is in satisfactory condition.

    A fire ignited on the cruiser on Thursday during repair work and engulfed 120 square meters. Diesel fuel is burning, and foam is being used to put it out. The fire was classified as a second, advanced, level of difficulty. The fire could have been caused by a violation of safety rules when carrying out welding work.

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