First Russian Mistral-class helicopter carrier launched in French town of Saint-Nazaire
The ceremony of launching of Russia's first helicopter carrier of the Mistral-class has taken place in the French town of Saint-Nazaire, according to the STX France, the company that assembled the ship's hull.
"The launch ceremony began at 10.45 am local time [12.45 am Moscow time]. It will last until noon," STX France press service said.
Several shipyards built Russia's first Mistral called Vladivostok.
STX France built the ship's hull and Russia's Baltiysky Zavod, which is a part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), built the ship's stern.
STX France and Baltiysky Zavod are building parts for the second Mistral-class helicopter carrier called Sevastopol.
Rosoboronexpert and France's DCSN signed a contract for two Mistral ships in June 2011.
The USC is subcontractor of STX France. The Mistral-class helicopter carrier is 199 meters long. Its beam is 32 meters and draft is 6.2 meters. The ship's standard displacement is 22,600 tonnes. A Mistral crew has 177 crewmembers. It can carry 481 passengers. The ship will carry Kamov Ka-52L helicopters. It may also be equipped with Russia's Serna and Dyugon landing vessels.