Russia’s aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov heads for the Mediterranean

Russia’s aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov heads for the Mediterranean
Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, photographed off Norway on 17 Oct by Norwegian P-3 reconnaissance aircrew. (Image via TheLocal.no)

[Ed. – RFS Admiral Kuznetsov has been undergoing upgrades and maintenance for a couple of years now, and this is her first post-maintenance operational deployment.  The Royal Navy and other NATO navies are preparing to shadow the Kuznetsov task force as it transits toward the Med, probably through the English Channel.  By the end of the Cold War, the former Soviet navy has stopped sending its carriers through the Channel, routing them west of the British Isles instead.  But now the Russians make a point of driving them through the Channel as ostentatiously as possible.]

A giant Russian aircraft carrier, a nuclear-powered battleship, and six other vessels passed the Norwegian island of Andøya on Monday on the way to Syria.

The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and the battleship Pyotr Velikiy were photographed by Norway’s Lockheed P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft.

According to the Norway’s VG newspaper, the mobilisation is “the biggest demonstration of Russian military power in the Norwegian Sea for several years”.

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