"The heavy aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has completed a combat exercise destroying a sea target with a Kinzhal missile system [NATO reporting name: SA-N-9 Gauntlet]. The firing by the cruiser took place in the waters of the Barents Sea. The naval target was successfully hit," Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga stated.
The Admiral Kuznetsov was constructed at the Mykolaiv South Shipyard, the sole manufacturer of Soviet aircraft carriers, and launched in 1985.
It became fully operational in 1995.