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Mistrals to be possibly based in Severomorsk and Vladivostok

Mistrals to be possibly based in Severomorsk and Vladivostok 12.01.2011
Text: RusNavy.com
Photo: Mistral class assault landing ship. military-today.com
Russian Navy began to seek basing sites for two Mistral class assault landing ships which are to be built in France, reports Interfax referring to a source in the Navy Main HQ.

Representatives of Navy command have already inspected bases in Northern and Pacific fleets and analyzed basing conditions for helicopter carriers. According to the military, bases in Vladivostok and Severomorsk should undergo special preparations, since there are no quays for such ships. In addition, Mistrals must be provided with antisubmarine and air defenses.

Definitive decision has not been made so far whether to station Mistral class assault landing ships in Severomorsk and Vladivostok.

On Dec 24, 2010 Russia and France agreed that two Mistral class assault landing ships would be constructed by French shipyard. Other two ships of this type are supposed to be built in Russia under license.

As was reported by the Central Navy Portal late Dec 2010, in Russia Mistrals would be possibly constructed by new shipyards subordinated to Admiralteyskie Verfi and located at Kotlin Island, St. Petersburg.

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