Monday, November 30, 2009

Minsk - the aircraft carrier in Shenzhen

What is an old Russian aircraft carrier doing in Shenzhen?

This is the 273 meter ong, 42,000 ton Minsk, launched in 1975, and decommissioned in 1993. As an aircraft carrier, it was not particularly big. It carried 12 fighters and 20 helicopters.

It is now anchored off Yantian, and is part of a military theme park called Minsk World. This photo was taken from Shautoujiao on the Hong Kong side.

It helps to remind us how fast the world can change. The USSR, for much of the 20th century, was one of the two superpowers of the world. It was also the most frightening and repressive country. It is still not without its problems. But it is now much less scary.

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