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    The commander of the Soviet Navy, Admiral Sergei Gorshkov said recently that it has achieved "significantly greater operational capabilities." Commenting on his announcement, the director of United States Naval Intelligence, Rear Admiral Sumner Shapiro, said there were strong signs the Russians intended to use their navy to extend Soviet military, political and economic influence throughout the world.

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    The commander of the Soviet Navy, Admiral Sergei Gorshkov said recently that it has achieved "significantly greater operational capabilities." Commenting on his announcement, the director of United States Naval Intelligence, Rear Admiral Sumner Shapiro, said there were strong signs the Russians intended to use their navy to extend Soviet military, political and economic influence throughout the world. One vessel destined to play a key role in this activity is the aircraft carrier Minsk, one of four Kiev class carriers.

    SYNOPSIS: The Minsk, which was commissioned two years ago, entered the Mediterranean for trials with aircraft at the end of last February. Sources at the Pentagon in Washington believe it will either join the Soviet Pacific Fleet, based at Vladivostok, or become part of the Soviet squadron in the Indian Ocean. Kiev class carriers, displacing thirty seven thousand tons, are much smaller than United States attack carriers.

    Aircraft on these Soviet vessels consist of YAK-36 fighter-bombers, which are vertical take-off and landing craft, also known as Forgers. Jane's Fighting Ships publication says the functions of the Forger have not yet been revealed, and may not yet have been fully evaluated. The Minsk also has a complement of KA-25, or Hormone, helicopters. Their main task is anti-sub-marine work, but some on board are a reconnaissance version, which could provide targeting information for the SS-N-22 anti-ship missile.

    Soviet carriers are armed and equipped for anti-submarine and anti-aircraft protection of the surface fleet, rather than for long-range air strikes against shore targets. This enables surface ships to venture into areas where they could expect attack from aircraft and submarines.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA849UDK543ZGDI8S45ZC1DIN8V
    Media URN:
    VLVA849UDK543ZGDI8S45ZC1DIN8V
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/03/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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