posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 02:26 PM
Just a quick thread to let you guys know that the first of the new Russian helicopter carriers (LPD), Vladivostok, has been named & launched at a
ceremony at Saint-Nazaire, France today.
Ordered in 2011, construction will be shared, with just over half the ship being built in France. She'll be in service by two years with the Russian
Navy. Approximately 22,000 tons displacement, she's the size of a light carrier of WW2 vintage. A range of 11,000 km (nr 6,000 miles nautical)
she'll carry 8 attack helicopters, 4 transport helicopters and 4 ASW helicopters. She'll be able to take 4 landing craft or 2 hovercrafts, 900
troops, nearly 60 vehicles.
Vladivostok's stern takes to the water.
The ship is to be finished off in Russia, where they will add the finishing touches to the ship. She'll be joined by a sister ship in due course.
his, for some, is a controversial sale. France, an OTAN/NATO member is selling a good weapons platform to Russia, a country some are still quite
I wondered what your thoughts might be on the subject.