Hijack an aircraft carrier, the history of “Admiral Kuznetsov”.

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Carjacking is not a rare event in our lives. Stolen, although much less aircraft. In 1991, Russian sailors hijacked from the Crimea carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”, which claimed their rights Ukraine.

The first real Soviet aircraft carrier

The ship was built at a shipyard in Nikolayev in 1982. Time of its construction were in violent years of perestroika, which is reflected in the numerous name changes the ship. In the project it was “Soviet Union” lays “Riga” launchable Leonid Brezhnev”, was tested already “Tbilisi”. In October 1990, the cruiser was renamed the 4th and last time, becoming the Admiral Kuznetsov“. In January 1991, the ship was enrolled in the Northern Fleet, it raised a naval flag.

Officially, “Admiral Kuznetsov” aircraft carrier was not the first of the Soviet Navy. Already went swimming “Minsk”, “Kiev”, “Baku” and “Novorossiysk”. However, the ships of the previous series were carriers of aircraft vertical takeoff and landing. In fact, it was the helicopter. In contrast, in the Admiral Kuznetsov” aircraft based traditional scheme of fixed wing. He was the first and still the only full-fledged aircraft carrier in the Russian Navy.

Kravchuk: “This is my aircraft carrier!”

August 24, 1991 the Supreme Soviet adopted the Act that proclaimed Ukraine as an independent state. Together with the Act adopted a resolution to obey all military units stationed on the territory of Ukraine, the newly formed state.

In November 1991, the cruiser was tested at Feodosiya. In one of the last days of autumn commander received a telegram signed by Leonid Kravchuk, Ukraine declares cruiser property and directing him to remain on the roads of Sevastopol, pending the relevant government decisions. Officers were puzzled: why Ukraine with its Black Sea ocean cruiser? And on what basis it claims the right to ship, assigned to the Russian Northern Fleet?

However, there were among the officers and those who are not averse to change Russia’s North Sea to warm Ukrainian Black. Oppressive uncertainty heavy fog covered the cruiser. Accustomed to obey the orders of the military people were waiting for a decision would be policy and the high command. From the North came a telegram that flew in Sevastopol, Vice-Admiral Yuri Volodya first deputy commander of the Northern Fleet. Officers were looking forward to the distinguished guest.

Gone in 60 seconds aircraft carrier

December 1 at about 21:00 Admiral with Ukrainian surname boarded the cruiser. Shaking hands with the crew and disbanding the team, Volodya ordered the captain to the captain I rank Yarygin urgently raise anchor and go to Severodvinsk. To the remark Yarygin that 2/3 of officers and warrant officers are on the shore, the answer By train to catch up.” And our aircraft remaining on coastal airfields?” – “Sami will fly.” Uncertainty over. Someone at the top cruiser Ukraine decided not to give up. At 23:40, without lighting running lights, in pitch darkness “Admiral Kuznetsov” raid left and headed for the Bosphorus.

Diving adventures

Bosphorus went smoothly, and at Gibraltar cruiser met the American carrier battle groups. Yankees began to “put pressure on the psyche“: helicopters and planes flew over the ship, each time simulating combat attack, at the rate of the ship threw the bomb training. Not paying attention to the maneuvers, “Admiral Kuznetsov” was not changing course, but the mood of the officers and men was dirty: none of the officers and men did not know whether all the bombs will be educational and not whether there is another set of American combat aircraft?

The mood improved when near the patrol cruiser appeared Perky”. True to its name, he began to patrol to scare Americans their maneuvers. Baton escort the Russian ship Yankees gave the English frigate, and he – Norwegian patrol. Lasted more than three weeks transition. December 27 “Admiral Kuznetsov” moored in Severodvinsk.

Destiny carriers inherited Ukraine

In Ukrainian media saga cruiser is still referred to as theft Russians Ukrainian ship. But the sailors believe that the “Admiral Kuznetsov” was granted a wonderful destiny. Just look how Ukraine ordered to get her wealth.

Heavy aircraft carrying cruiser “Kiev” Ukraine sold to China, made him a pleasure ride to the hotel and restaurant.

2/3 built “Varyag” was sold to the Chinese for $ 20 million under the world’s largest floating casino. The Chinese did not make the ship gambling house, and added onto the ship and renamed “Liaoning” “Varyag” aircraft carrier became the first Chinese Navy the pride of China and a headache the US Pacific Fleet.

Founded on Nicholas shipyard with the same type of Admiral Kuznetsov” “Ulyanovskthe Ukrainian authorities, and not being able to finish, cut into scrap metal.

And only the “Admiral Kuznetsov” proudly plowed the seas and oceans under the flag of St. Andrew family, and was glad that at one time is not got Ukraine.

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