Russia’s Aircraft Carrier Fire Follows Spy Submarine Fire and Carrier Crane Accident

ThreeSix to ten people were injured in a fire that broke out onboard Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov at a dock in Murmansk, northwest Russia. 120 square meters (1200 square feet)600 square meters (6000 square feet) of the carrier were on fire.

In 2018, the same carrier had a 210 square foot hole after a 70-ton crane fell on it. In 2017, The Russian carrier started what was to be a 3-year program of repairs which was to cost $340 million.

The aircraft carrier was leaving an 80,000 ton floating dock after repairs. There was a 70 ton crane on the dock which fell and broke a hole in the aircraft carrier.

The loss of the 80,000-ton dock could delay modernization of other Russian navy ships.

In July, 2019, a fire broke out on a Russian research submarine and killed fourteen sailors in what is Russia’s worst submarine disaster since 2008. Losharik was a special missions (spy) submarine. Losharik is part of Russia’s deepwater intelligence gathering program, headed by the Main Directorate of Deep-Sea Research, or GUGI.