World Aircraft Carriers List: Ukraine

Revised 26 November 2001
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Varyag (Kuznetsov class) multirole aircraft carrier

Displacement: 67,000 tons full load
Dimensions: 984 x 124.5 x 36 feet/300 x 38 x 11 meters
Extreme Dimensions: 990 x 239 x 36 feet/301.8 x 72.8 x 11 meters
Propulsion: Steam turbines, 8 boilers, 4 shafts, 200,000 hp, 30 knots
Crew: 1500 plus air wing
Armor: uncertain; probably little or none
Armament: 16 SS-N-29 Shipwreck SSM, 18 8-cell SA-N-9 Gauntlet SAM VLS 8 CADS-1 CIWS (each 2 30mm gatling AA plus 16 SA-N-11 SAM) 6 AK-630 30 mm gatling AA, 2 RBU-12000 ASW rocket launchers
Aircraft: approx. 30

Concept/Program: The Soviet Union's second real carrier, stranded incomplete at Nikolayev when the USSR broke up. She eventually became the property of the Ukraine, which was unable to complete her, and she was sold.

Photos: [Varyag at Nikolayev].

Built by Nikolayev. Laid down 6 Dec 1985, launched 4 Dec 1988, renamed Varyag late 1990. Construction stopped by 1992 when the ship was structurally complete but electronics had not been fitted. Ownership was transferred to the Ukraine and the ship was laid up unmaintained, then stripped.

Sold to Chinese interests 1998 for conversion to an entertainment complex, but did not leave the Black Sea until 1 Nov 2001.

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