Video footage has emerged of the incredible effort required by the Russian tugboat Nikolay Chiker in 2012 to rescue the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov when its trouble-prone engines broke down during heavy weather in the Bay of Biscay, off the coast of Spain and France.

Russia’s largest warship was returning from a diplomatic visit to strife-torn Syria: A sign of Russia’s support for President Assad which would be borne out by the deployment of combat jets there in September this year.

Heavy weather tugboat effort to take a Russian aircraft carrier under tow

The Kuznetsov Class heavy aircraft carrying cruiser, also known as Project 1143.5 or Orel Class, was constructed at Nikolayev South Shipyard on the Black Sea in the Ukraine. The Admiral Kuznetsov was launched in 1985.