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A smoky vessel once termed by Michael Fallon "the ship of shame" lived up to its cursed nature once again. As if it wasn't bad enough to stalk the oceans trailed by black smoke, or once safely in drydock, have the dry dock itself sink; today's fiasco in the country that never stops drinking was a raging fire from the inside.

The inscrutable Chinese may want to open their eyes and rethink their decision to copy this class of aircraft carrier.

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MOSCOW — A major fire broke out aboard Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the beleaguered Admiral Kuznetsov, while undergoing repairs at a dock in the northern port city of Murmansk early Thursday morning.

Russian media outlets reported that fire control teams were struggling to contain and extinguish the blaze, while dramatic videos of the ship surrounded by thick plumes of smoke have proliferated on social media.

In a statement on the Russian social network VKontakte, the Zvezdochka shipyard — where the Admiral Kuznetsov is currently docked undergoing a significant, multi-year overhaul — said that the fire broke out while welding work was being conducted in one of the carrier’s engineering sections.

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