TASS reported last year that 12 people were injured, “mostly poisoned by combustion products.” Six of the injured are in intensive care, with “just one in satisfactory condition.” Several of the injured are reportedly firefighters that responded to the fire onboard Admiral Kuznetsov, only aircraft carrier of Russia. RIA Novosti reports the body of a service member was found, and two other persons are reported missing.
This year Russian Navy proposes two competing variant of new aircraft carriers, one of them could be selected by Kremlin. The new ship is called Lamatin (project 11430E) and has been designed by the Nevskoye Design Bureau in St.Petersburg. It is 350 meter long and has a deadweight of up to 90,000 tons. It can handle up to 60 aircrafts and has a crew of 2800 men, as well as 800 personnel engaged in the air wing.
The ship was on display last year in a St.Petersburg military exhibition, state United Shipbuilding Corporation informs.
A competing aircraft carrier is called the Shtorm (project 23000) and is designed by the Krylov State Center. The Shtorm is 330 meter long and can carry up to 90 vessels, the Topwar news agency informs.
It is believed to take up to 12 years to develop and build a new aircraft carrier.
The visit of the president to Sevastopol was completed with a meeting with the country’s top naval leaders.
The Russian Navy was always and will always be the most important component in national defense and security, [and] in the 21st century we have to preserve and strengthen the status of our country as one of the leading naval powers, Putin underlined in the meeting.
In the course of 2020, more than 70 percent of all armament and equipment of the Navy will be based on new modern technology, he made clear.
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