The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier has left its anchorage in the western part of the Mediterranean Sea and is heading eastwards, Russia's Northern Fleet information department chief Capt. 1st rank Vadim Serga told Interfax-AVN.

"The aircraft carrier replenished its stores from auxiliary vessels of the naval unit and carried out planned maintenance works of the ship's mechanisms and equipment during the anchorage. Yesterday the ship's Ka-27 helicopters made 12 flights and stayed in air for eight hours in total," Serga said.

The Admiral Kuznetsov is preparing for flights of on-deck jet fighters that will start as soon as weather conditions are favorable, he said.

The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier of the Russian Northern Fleet left its base in Severomorsk on December 17. It heads the naval unit consisting of the Admiral Levchenko destroyer, the Olenegorsky Gornyak landing ship and auxiliary vessels. The naval unit covered over 3,700 nautical miles during the voyage.

The Admiral Kuznetsov is Russia's aircraft carrier. It can carry Sukhoi Su-33 on-deck multirole jet fighters, Ka-27, Ka-28, Ka-29 and Ka-32 helicopters.

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