Second Mistral Built for Russian Navy to Begin Sea Trials
The Sevastopol, the second Mistral-class helicopter carrier built for the Russian Navy at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, is due to begin sea trials in March. This information was presented by a source in the French shipbuilding industry.
“The Sevastopol will begin sea trials as planned in March, with wharf employees on board. The vessel is set to be delivered to the Russian Navy in October 2015,” the representative informed.
It’s worth mentioning that DCNS and Rosoboronexport signed a €1.2 billion contract for two Mistral-class helicopter carriers in 2011. France was expected to deliver the first of the two helicopter carriers, the Vladivostok, by November 14, 2014. However, on November 25, French President Francois Hollande stated that shipment would be suspended due to the alleged interference of Moscow in the Ukrainian crisis.