TASS Russian news agency
The ship delivery date will be postponed to 2023, the source added.
“The Admiral Kuznetsov will go to the dock in June next year. The ship will be placed on the slipways of the new dock to get a propeller-rudder system and undergo hull work. Its repairs will be completed in the summer of 2023 and it will be delivered to the Navy at the end of the same year,”
According to the source, the upgraded dock will be able to receive the ship by the end of the current year.
“But it is safer to conduct this technological procedure in good and warm weather and in the daylight,” the source added.
In June 2020, the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) signed a contract with the Orgenergostroy Company for the reconstruction and retooling of the two-section dry dock to repair the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier.
On October 30, 2018, the sole Project 7454 large floating dock PD-50 sank in Murmansk while the Admiral Kuznetsov was leaving it. There were no other suitable docks for the ship of this displacement in north Russia. Then, a decision was made to build a single-chamber extended dock with dimensions of 70×400 m by uniting the northern and southern chambers of the dry dock. Such dimensions are necessary for the dock repair of the heavy aircraft carrier. The new dry dock will be able to receive Russian ships and vessels of all projects.
Naval News comments:
The Admiral Kuznetsov began the overhaul in 2017 after operating at the Syrian coast. In October 2018, it was leaving the floating PD-50 dock of the 82nd shipyard in Roslyakovo when the dock began to sink. A crane fell on the deck because of list. On December 12, 2019 a fire broke out on the carrier. The Admiral Kuznetsov is currently in the 35th shipyard in Murmansk.