Dock collapse hits Putin's subs RUSSIA'S fleet of ballistic missile submarines could be hit "for years to come" after a floating dock collapsed in the Barents Sea.
President Vladimir Putin was already facing embarrassment when the 80,000-ton dock in Murmansk sank, damaging Russia's only aircraft carrier. Flagship, Admiral Kuznetsov was hit by a 70-ton crane and left with a 20-metre gash. The collapse will also affect plans to modernise Russia's mighty Northern Fleet.
The planned refit of nuclear-powered anti-air missile launcher Pyotr Velikiy is now on hold.
According to satellite imagery Northern Fleet submarines used the dock more than any other type of vessel.
"The Admiral Kuznetsov was undergoing a long-term refit but this is essentially a vanity project for Putin, and he is essentially out of the aircraft carrier club for the foreseeable future," said Dr Rod Thornton of King's College London Defence Studies department.