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"Vladivostok" helicopter carrier out on the first trip to the sea
The helicopter carrier "Vladivostok" with Russian sailors on board went to the open sea for the first training voyage. The passage through the lock from the shipyards in Saint-Nazaire took place at 09:20 Moscow time with the onset of high tide. The helicopter carrier should arrive back in 10 days - September 22.
All in Saint-Nazaire arrived about 400 people from Russia for training.
As a source in the headquarters of the Pacific Fleet previously reported to Data Agency, the crew of the helicopter carrier “definitely has Primorye residents”. "The crew is formed of employees of the Pacific Fleet, which means that almost all of them, if they do not live, then served in Primorye," the agency's interlocutor explained.
According to Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov, the Russian military intends to order 32 shipborne helicopters for Vladivostok and Sevastopol. Attack helicopter Ka-52 "Alligator" is equipped with modern avionics and powerful offensive weapons, which can be configured for various combat missions.
In January 2011, representatives of the Main Command of the Navy visited the bases of the Northern and Pacific fleets. Then it was reported that the first two Mistral-class helicopter carriers would be based at the main base of the Pacific Fleet - in Vladivostok.
In June 2011, at an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Russia and France signed a contract for the supply of Mistral-class helicopter carriers. Two ships are to be built in France, two more Russia can build itself under license. The amount of the contract was 1,2 billion euros. The Mistrals will be named Vladivostok and Sevastopol. In addition, these vessels will be equipped with the latest Russian strike and defensive weapons systems, including supersonic cruise missiles.