Petersburg shipyard "Baltic Shipyard" June 26, 2013 was launched on the aft part of the first Russian vertoletonosnogo landing ship dock "Vladivostok" type "Mistral", reports "Interfax". It is expected that on 8 July, the feed will be sent to the French DCNS shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, where it is docked to the bow, built in France.
- descent aft DVKD "Vladivostok" (photo RoyalJib with forums.airbase.ru)
The press service of the United Shipbuilding Corporation news agency reported that the descent of the rear part of the water was made at 10 am Moscow time, in accordance with the contract. Descend the stern of the water was performed in the presence of the leaders of the USC, French companies STX-France and DCNS and "Rosoboronexport". Currently, after part of the ship is moored to the outfitting quay "Baltic Shipyard".
Russia and France signed a contract for the joint construction of two ships of the "Mistral" for the Russian Navy in 2011. The deal amounted to 1.2 billion euros. It is expected that the first ship — "Vladivostok" — will join the Russian Navy in the autumn of 2014. Bookmark the second ship — "Sevastopol" — took place in France on June 18 of this year. Housing for this ship, the construction of which will deal with the "Baltic Plant", will be laid July 4, 2013. "Sevastopol" will give the Russian Navy in 2015.
The contract with France has an option to build another two helicopter type "Mistral" to Russia, but a concrete decision on the need to build ships and dates its beginning has been made.