Russia’s Mistral-Class Ship Completes First Sea Trials
The Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok carrying the first crew of Russian sailors has finished a series of tests on Monday. The Vladivostok set off from the port for sea trials on September 13, and is scheduled to go to sea again on Tuesday with the second crew on board.
It’s worth mentioning that DCNS and Rosoboronexport signed a €1.2 billion contract for two Mistral-class helicopter carriers in 2011. The first carrier, the Vladivostok, is expected to enter service with the Russian Navy in 2014. The second ship, the Sevastopol, should arrive in 2015. The completion of the deal was at risk after Western countries imposed sanctions against Russia. However, DCNS said it would fulfill its obligations and deliver the ships as agreed.
Earlier in September, France threatened to suspend the supply of the helicopter carriers due to the crisis in Ukraine. Later, a spokesman for the French government emphasized that the delivery of the ship was not officially suspended and that French President Francois Hollande was simply outlining his political stance.