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Tango0128 Feb 2018 9:58 p.m. PST

… Aircraft Carrier.

"Builders laid the keel for the Ulyanovsk in 1988, just as the Soviet empire began to break apart. The ship was such a large project that builders wouldn't have finished her until the mid '90s. 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.

Had she ever sailed, the Soviet supercarrier Ulyanovsk would have been a naval behemoth more than 1,000 feet long, with an 85,000-ton displacement and enough storage to carry an air group of up to 70 fixed and rotary wing aircraft.


With a nuclear-powered engine—and working in conjunction with other Soviet surface warfare vessels and submarines—the supercarrier would have steamed through the oceans with a purpose…"
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Generalstoner49 Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2018 5:43 a.m. PST

There are submarines and targets. That ship would not have made it out of port.

Lion in the Stars12 Mar 2018 10:56 a.m. PST

Would have killed a lot of pilots and broken a lot of planes learning catapult takeoffs and arrested landings, too.

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