Gonna presumably need K out of the water to properly fix that & K doesn't fit in Severodvinsk basin so they'll have to either raise & repair or replace the dock (was built in Sweden) before they can fix K
May need a crash program to build a new floating dock if it can't be patched up.
Or they could do sensible thing and just cut their losses.
Kuznetzov barely contributed to defence of Russia at all: it did not do it's intended role, it wasn't used as anti-sub helicopter platform and not even his battery of anti-ship missiles was online.
At most it was used for pilot training but even that is irelevant now that Russia opted for STOVL aircraft development.
This ship has been nothing more than money sink and prestige trap: even though it was almost useless they were still holding on to it in order to maintain prestige and reputation but it was failure even in that department because they were losing prestige simply by operating this ship.
They should use this opportunity to cut her loose and redirect funds into more worthwhile and usable platforms.
They may lose some reputation in the process but it's nothing compared to how much they lost already because of this ship and how much more they would lose if they continue holding on to her.
Tsavo Lion wrote:Do they have cranes powerful enough to raise the dock? If not, foreign help will be needed. ....
Good luck finding one.
And even if they do then this prestige boat will cost them even more prestige...