Russia’s only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, caught fire during repair work at Moscow’s Arctic Sea port of Murmansk in early December. Six people are understood to have been injured and one person was listed as missing.
The fire broke out during maintenance work in a power unit, creating a thick plume of black smoke which was seen from the upper deck. An inquiry has been launched to establish how the blaze started. Admiral Kuznetsov is the Russian navy’s largest warship and its sole aircraft carrier capable of carrying horizontal take-off and landing aircraft. The warship made its first combat deployment in 2016 to the Mediterranean, when fighter aircraft launched operations into Syria.
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