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By Hinkkanen @ 2006-06-21 13:10:32
Kiev class aircraft carrier Minsk of the former Soviet Union Pacific Fleet was laid down in 1972, launched on 30 September 1975, completed on 27 September 1978, and decommissioned on 30 June 1993. She had to be retired as a result of a major accident which could only be repaired at Chernomorksi facility, located in the newly-independent Ukraine.
In 1995 she was sold to a South Korean businessman, and later resold to Shenzhen Minsk Aircraft Carrier Industry Co Ltd, China. Until 2006, when the company went bankrupt, Minsk was part of a military theme park in Shatoujiao, Shenzhen called "Minsk World". The aircraft carrier was put up for auction on 22 March 2006. No bids at the starting price of 128 million RMB (approx. 16 million U.S. dollars) were received, so the carrier was withdrawn from sale. On 31 May 2006, the Soviet aircraft carrier was finally auctioned off in Shenzhen for 128 million RMB.
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@ 2006-06-21 14:50:34
Technically, she isn't an aircraft carrier but rather is classed as a heavy aircraft carrying cruiser (CVHG). This was done to get around a provision of the Montreaux Treaty (the treaty governing ship passage through the Turkish Straits) that prohibited aircraft carriers from transitting the Bosphorus or the Dardanelles. Since the ships were built in the Black Sea, they had to be called something besides aircraft carriers or the Turks wouldn't allow them passage into the Mediterranean.