Flagship of Russian Navy catches fire
Admiral Kuznetsov, the flagship of the Russian Navy and the country's only aircraft carrier, caught on fire Thursday, according to Russian state-media.
Why it matters: Accidents have marred the ship since it went under its ongoing overhaul in 2017. It had originally been due to return to service in 2022.
Flashback: In 2018, a floating dock used in the overhaul abruptly sank, causing a crane to punch a massive hole through the ship's flight deck.
- A separate fire broke out on the ship in 2019 from spilled fuel, killing two and injuring more than a dozen.
What they're saying: Alexei Rakhmanov, head of the United Shipbuilding Corporation — which is overseeing the ship's refit — told Russian state-media Thursday the fire was "small" and was extinguished.
- "All the relevant fire systems worked normally. There was no damage and no casualties,” Rakhmanov said.
The big picture: The ship, located in the 35th shipyard in Murmansk, Russia, is set to return to the fleet in the first quarter of 2024, barring any future delays.
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