Russia’s only aircraft carrier catches fire

MOSCOW — A fire broke out on board Russia’s only aircraft carrier on Thursday, Russian media reported.

Admiral Kuznetsov, flagship of the Russian Navy, suffered a ‘minor’ fire while carrying out repair work at a shipyard in the Arctic port of Murmansk, according to reports from Russian news agencies Tass and RIA Novosti . Both quoted Aleksey Rakhmanov, head of state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), which is overseeing a major refit of the carrier, as saying the fire was quickly extinguished and there were no casualties.

Delays and crashes marred Admiral Kuznetsov’s ongoing overhaul, which began in 2017 and was originally scheduled to end last year. At least one person was killed and 12 others were injured after a fire broke out in December 2019. The year before, a crane crashed into her deck after a floating dock holding her down started to sink, causing unspecified damage.

Rakhmanov told Russian media in June he expected Admiral Kuznetsov to return to duty in early 2024, nearly three years behind schedule.

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