Russian Aircraft Carrier “Kuznetsov,” January 1996. WIKIMEDIA/Commons
Dave Majumdar, National Interest: Russia's Only Aircraft Carrier Is Headed For Syria (But Suffers From One Big Flaw)
The Kremlin’s sole aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is set to make its combat debut in the eastern Mediterranean in November according to Russian media.
The 55,000-ton vessel was originally scheduled to depart for the Syrian coast in October, but the deployment has been pushed back. While the Russian government has not stated exactly why the Kuznetsov’s deployment is being delayed, one the of reasons is likely due to the lack of pilots qualified to takeoff and land from an aircraft carrier.
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Update: How Russia plans to imitate US naval power with its aircraft carrier deployment to Syria (Business Insider).
WNU editor: Do not be surprised if tugboats will be following the Admiral Kuznetsov.