The defense Ministry will award 20 pilots with “Admiral Kuznetsov” on results of work in Syria


RIA Novosti

According to the results of operations in Syria 20 pilots of naval aviation, was flying sorties from the aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”, presented to the state awards.

As reported by the commander of the Northern fleet (SF), Vice-Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, the pilots of naval aviation of the Navy of Russia in the fighting in Syria has executed 420 sorties. At the rally, dedicated to the return of the crews of the aircraft fleet in Russia, he said that for two months the pilots of sea aircraft struck thousands of targets for terrorists – the planes attacked the headquarters and control centers of the militants, crowds of fighters and military equipment, firing positions and strong points of terrorists.

Planes and helicopters of carrier-based aircraft su-33, MiG-29K, Ka-52, Ka-29 and Ka-27 today within two hours completed the flights in the Barents sea the aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”.

Of the ship aircraft carrier group of the Navy of Russia has the task of combating terrorism in Syria since November 8, 2016. Military operation in Syria became the first in the history of Russian aircraft carrier.

November 15, 2016, the Russian military leadership announced the first in the Russian history of the combat use of the “Admiral Kuznetsov” – carrier-based fighters were involved in the operation to destroy terrorist targets in Syria.

Heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov” was lost during the Syrian campaign the two fighters – MiG-29 and su-33. Both accidents happened during the landing approach, the pilots were not injured.