PapaDragon wrote:Tsavo Lion wrote:It's better than nothing, esp. when several European & Asian navies have carriers & r building more, aside from the 11 CVNs in the USN. Even if it'll spend most of its remaining life in port, at least they can maintain skills needed to repair, refit & modernize a carrier.
Do they even need a carier? Especially one in this state? And what for?
It spends most of it's time doing nothing useful, it does not contribute to defense of Russia and (as Syria has shown) it can't even retrieve aircraft which is supposed to be it's core feature.
It's like having missile ship that can't launch missiles.
And let's not go int amount of money that is spent on it without gaining anything out of it.
They also have 1600 crewmen and 620 air group staff tied to it 24/7 who don't contribute to defense needs. And they all cost money.
That's enough people to fully man 8 frigates and quite a few air squadrons. All of which would actually contribute to nation's defense.Tsavo Lion wrote:Would u throw out a nice fur coat after moving to Hawaii? Most people won't, as it may be useful in their future travels.
If it costs me 2 months worth of income per year then definitely. Especially if I have no intent of traveling anywhere cold in foreseeable future and if standard jacket (LHD) can get the job done anyway.
"Do they even need a carrier? Especially one in this state"!
OMG! You haven`t heard by any chance that for half a year already Kuznetsov is in refit and modernisation comprising full replacement of boilers and refurbishment of turbines where necessary, replacement of almost all wiring and electronics. Hull is constructively in good condition, as it have been built with great margin of toughness.
Nobody mentally sane would scrap such a ship. Of course it would be better to have new carriers, as Russia is committed to have blue water navy apart from coastal forces, but at this moment it is impossible. there are much more other priorities, as Russian navy was in bad shape until recently.