Russian aircraft carrier on Malta's horizon

The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov sailed close to Malta this afternoon and could just be made out on the horizon off Grand Harbour.

The 50,000-ton carrier was deployed to the Mediterranean a few weeks ago as tensions over Syria grew. A planned extensive refit was postponed.
The conventionally-powered ship joined the fleet in 1990 and was declared fully operational in 1995.
It is 305m long, and carries ship-to-ship missiles, anti-aircraft rockets and up to 50 aircraft, mostly Su-33 fighter-bombers.
The Admiral Kuznetsov also arrived off Malta in February 1996 but did not enter harbour.


Russian navy ships in the Mediterranean

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