China’s Luxurious Floating Aircraft-Carrier Hotel

 

The Kiev, a 1,000 foot vessel, once the pride of the flagship of the mighty Soviet navy’s Pacific fleet (first began December 1972), serving them well for almost twenty years, as well as being able to hold more than a thousand crewmen, she could be loaded with dozens of missiles – some nuclear-tipped.

But now the Kiev is leading a much more sedate & humble life . . . available for business retreats, intimate getaways or simple relaxation (without actually getting away). That’s because the Chinese have bought the aircraft carrier and transformed her into a floating luxury hotel, the world’s first luxury aircraft carrier hotel, costing $15 Million.

It’s strange to think that a ship that was once a weapon of war is now a place of relaxation and fine dining.

The Kiev will stay permanently docked at theTianjin Binhai Aircraft Carrier Theme Park. Much as a Soviet-era sailor might resent the indignity, Kiev won’t go back out to sea. She’ll entertain guests and clients at anchor, a bizarre museum to a different country’s naval power. Guests will relax with Western-style cuisine in ornate luxury suites, dreaming of Chinese seapower.

Sold to Tianjin International Recreation Port in 2000, the Kiev has been refitted, furbished & transformed into a world-class floating hotel with 148 room – including two presidential suites, three VIP guest rooms and 137 standard rooms. Since it was purchased over a decade ago, the Kiev has also been upgraded with a luxury restaurant – something the original crew would have no doubt killed for.

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Source: China Daily

Photos: DWP/WENN/All Over Press

The World’s First Aircraft Carrier Hotel in China

By P Chong

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Source: Xinhua Photos/www.news.cn & China Daily

An attendant stands in the Presidential suite of Tianjin Aircraft Carrier Hotel in Tianjin on Aug. 8, 2011. The first aircraft carrier hotel in China, which lies in the Kiev aircraft carrier, the former Soviet Union’s flagship of the Pacific Fleet, has completed the interior decoration of two presidential suites. (Xinhua Photo). Below: Tianjin Aircraft Carrier Hotel.

 

With many a country operating active-military service aircraft carriers such as: The United States (11) The United Kingdom (1) France (1) Italy (2) Spain (1) Russia(1) India(1) Thailand (1) Brazil (1) , can you imagine China doing otherwise? Surprising though it may be, China is not going down the same down-trodden way, as evidenced by the likes of the United States and Russia.

China has built up a USD$3.2trillion foreign reserve, not through conquest or domination of other countries, but by providing goods and services. Indiscriminating or unlimited spending on “weapons of mass destruction” with the building & maintenance of global naval bases, could only lead to financial disasters and self-destruction in the end.

Below: USS Abraham Lincoln

China owns just three ex-Russian aircraft carriers – the Kiev, the Minsk and the Vareyag. In the process, these carriers have accordingly been refitted for their peaceful humantarian use, research & training as opposed to the likes of others.

It is already a well known fact that the Varyag is now China’s “Shi Lang Aircraft Carrier”. Latest news is that the Kiev is now the “Tianjin Aircraft Carrier Hotel” based in Tianjin, China, one of its kind, uniquely refitted to be the world’s first Aircraft Carrier Hotel. See more of the following pictures:

The foregoing pictures show Tianjin beautiful interior layout. Two attendants clean the Presidential suite of Tianjin Aircraft Carrier Hotel in Tianjin on August 8, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua] 

 

 

Glimpses of USS Midway  aircraft carrier & Others –

All equipped for war!

Tianjin might play up to be a great competitor with the world’s best cruise ships. It can become a unique floating hotel with great destinations! Also in the offering will Aircraft Carrier Theme Parks!

Be prepared to move aside “Oasis of the Seas”!!

Operation Eagle Crawl

Lest We forget . . .

By P Chong                               30 April 2010

Operation Eagle Claw (or Operation Evening Light) was a United States military operation that attempted to rescue 52 Americans from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran on 24 April 1980. The attempt was aborted when three helicopters that were part of the operation were damaged by a sandstorm or forced to return to the carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68). As the U.S. force prepared to leave Iran, a refuelling accident led to the remaining helicopters and a C-130 Hercules refuelling aircraft being destroyed or left behind, and the deaths of eight American servicemen.”

To the Iranians, the above debacle or disaster was interpreted as an act of Divine intervention. The Iranians had but very slim chance of any success against the might of the American force.

Lest we forget!

Repainted RH-53Ds in sand camouflage and without markings aboard Nimitz.

On the part of the Americans, the Operation was meticulously planned & prepared. As with the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan (or the past wars in Korea & Vietnam), the Americans were never short of detailed planning & preparation. Their military strength & strategies were always hailed with great enthusiasm & optimism. How could they fail – Goliath against David?

Air Force AC-130

The Operation was designed as a complex two-night mission. The first stage of the mission involved delivering a rescue team of of U.S. Army SFOD-D operators to a small “staging site”, named as Desert One, inside Iran, near Tabas in the Yazd Province. The site Desert One was to be used as a temporary airstrip for the the three USAF special operations MC-130E Combat Talon I penetration/transport aircraft & three EC-130E Hercules, each of the latter installed with a pair of collapsible fuel bladders containing 6,000 U.S. gallons of jet fuel.

The burned out wreckage of one of the RH-53 with an intact one sitting in the background

Suffice for me to say that every inch of the military operation was precisely & timely planned. Nothing was left to chance. They had the helicopters, aircrafts, trucks for transporting the ground troops, aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the nearby Indian Ocean, a “hide site” in Desert Two to conceal the helicopters, top commanding generals – just about bit of military power & strength to overpower their poorly equipped Iranians. Of course, they never left out the services of the CIA.

Yet, against all odds, disaster struck & the victims were the Americans. The Iranians were the unexpected victors! It looked like God was never kind to the Americans . . . one defeat after another . . . so unimaginable!

From the Iranians’ perspective, they deemed it as a miracle, an act of Divine intervention. It did appear to be as it was. But when will the Americans learn? When will they ever stop pushing their military weight around & threatening every nation on earth? God alone knows.

The 53 Americans were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981, after a group of Islamist students & militants took over the American Embassy in support of the Iranian Revolution. The Americans should have persevered in their release through diplomatic means, but I guess pride & haughtiness got in the way as always happened. This embarrassing & unfortunate episode is otherwise referred to as Iranian Hostage Crisis.

It ended with the signing of the Algiers Accords in Algeria on January 19, 1981. The hostages were formally released into United States custody the following day, just minutes after the new American President Ronald Reagan was sworn in.

Now, with the present Iran nuclear question, will the Americans strike the first blow again possibly as an entanglement of “vengeance and mutual incomprehension”? God forbids!

War is so senseless.

It doesn’t solve problems.

Atrocities of war spell only misery & suffering.

It’s a lose lose situation for all parties involved.

The only ones benefitting are the manufacturers of war weapons & equipments.

Source: Wikipedia & Aljazeera TV Report (26 April 2010)


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