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The Inside Story of How Russia Almost Built a Deadly Aircraft Carrier (And Why It Never Happenned)


Paul Richard Huard
Security,

The Ulyanovsk is a tantalizing “almost” of history. Moscow never finished the project, because it ran out of money.

Construction took place at the Black Sea Shipyard in Ukraine—often called Nikolayev South Shipyard 444. It’s an old facility, dating back to the 18th century when Prince Grigory Potemkin signed orders in 1789 authorizing new docks to repair Russian naval vessels damaged during the Russo-Turkish War. The famous Russian battleship Potemkin—scene of the famous 1905 naval mutiny and the subject of Sergei Eisenstein’s classic film—launched from the same shipyard. Early in the Soviet period, the shipyard constructed …read more

Source: The National Interest

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