I ain't defending anything here, they clearly suck, but a few things to consider:
- This is first time in it's history that Russian Navy is doing carrier ops in actual war. First time that non-NATO navy is doing it since end of Cold War in fact.
- The are doing it with only vessel of the type, that was never good from the get go and that was supposed to be in overhaul ATM.
- They never stopped carrier operation like some suggested after MiG-29 splash.
- PR aspect is overblown because after ''aborted invasion of UK'' month ago nobody is even reporting on this and when it does get reported is is quickly replaced with next big thing 6 hours later. Last time I checked, Mordor is still winning this war so that particular PR will be way more important down the road.
- As long as nobody is killed they might as well chuck all the birds overboard Saigon-style, it doesn't matter as long as the data is collected.
- If they stayed in port then there would be no embarrassment but they would also have zero clue about what specific areas they suck at.
- Cable snapped twice. So they suck at all things cable related. But this also means that pilots did not fuck up and that aircraft operate properly. Hell, other than cable you can say that even that ship operates properly (for now that is...). - Russian carrier ops suck. They suck so hard.
But how much exactly? They will finally know after this. And it is better to learn those things in BS excuse for war like Syria than at some later war that might actually be relevant unlike this one.
Or should they start designing and building next AC platform under assumption that they know all this, that they are super awesome at AC ops, and that they just need to keep doing the same thing as before?
Keep flying, keep splashing if you have to, keep not dying and most important of all, keep gathering data.
Additional tip: Someone should really look into that cable thingy...