The Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov (originally named Tbilisi) is an aircraft carrier serving as the flagship of the Russian Navy. She was constructed at Nikolayev South Shipyard in Nikolayev, was launched in 1985, and she became fully operational in 1995. An official ceremony of construction starting was on September 1, 1982, in fact she was laid down in 1983. The vessel was first named Riga, but in November 1982 the name was changed to Leonid Brezhnev, in August 1987 to Tbilisi, and finally on October 4, 1990 to Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov, in short referred to as Admiral Kuznetsov. In the summer of 1989 the ship was 71%completed. In November 1989 she undertook first trials of aircraft operations. In December 1991 she sailed from the Black Sea to the Northern Fleet. Only from 1993 she started to be equipped with planes.
By Hinkkanen @ 2006-06-22 14:13:00