The aircraft carrier "Admiral Kuznetsov" in the summer of this year planned to send to the Mediterranean, where it will be headed by a permanent grouping of the Russian Navy in this region. This Saturday, 5-March, according to TASS, citing a senior source in the main command of the Navy.
Currently, according to the source, the aircraft carrier is on 35-Shipyard in Murmansk, where the technical readiness of recovery before a long voyage. "In particular, the beginning of summer the carrier will be required to modernize the cellar under the new types of aircraft munitions," - says the agency.
What tasks will be put before the aircraft carrier as the flagship of the Russian Navy Mediterranean grouping, Tass interlocutor did not specify.
The source also said that after going to the Mediterranean Sea, "Admiral Kuznetsov" will stand in for repair at 2-2,5 years. Ships, in particular, will update the air group. Head ship of the Russian Navy Vladimir control rag-pickers had previously stated that in the course of modernization, "Kuznetsov" will receive the "new wing and new opportunities." According to him, the aircraft carrier will be able to use the new MiG-29K.
Formation of a permanent task force of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea began in 2013 year. Typically, more than a dozen ships are on a rotating basis in the region. Previously, the largest ships of the Russian fleet, led by group in the Mediterranean, were heavy nuclear missile cruiser "Peter the Great" and the missile cruiser "Moskva" and "Varyag" (the latter, the flagship of the Pacific Fleet, is located in the Mediterranean Sea is now).
The ships and auxiliary vessels of the Russian Navy are involved in operations against Islamists in Syria, which is carried out at the request of the President of the Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad since last autumn. Features "Admiral Kuznetsov" allow you to use it as a ship's connection management, deployed in the eastern Mediterranean, and its air group can be activated to cover the strike aircraft operating in the north of Syria.