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2018-10-31

Russia's sole aircraft carrier damaged in floating dock mishap

AFP

MOSCOW -- Russia's only aircraft carrier was damaged after a crane crashed onto the vessel as it was undergoing repairs near the Arctic city of Murmansk Tuesday (October 30).

Four people were injured and one person is missing after the accident involving the Admiral Kuznetsov at the PD-50 floating dock, the largest in Russia and one of the largest in the world, local authorities and media said.

Local media said the floating dock holding the vessel had sunk.

The Admiral Kuznetsov is undergoing its first major repairs since 1997. They are expected to be completed by the end of 2020 for the warship to rejoin the Russian navy in 2021.

Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted March 1 in his state of the nation address that Russia had developed a new generation of "invincible" weapons, a claim dismissed by defence analysts and observers as far-fetched and politically motivated.

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