May 15, 2014
Russia’s Mistral Warships to Be Based in Pacific Port
Warships of the Mistral class will have their home port in Vladivostok.
Vladivostok is Russia’s southeastern port city close to China and is the home port of the Russian Pacific Fleet.
Earlier in the day, Black Sea Fleet’s Admiral said the French-made amphibious vessels could be moored in Crimea.
This claim has been refuted, saying that Mistral ships required special infrastructure due to their sheer size, and construction was already underway in Vladivostok.
A Mistral-class warship is capable of carrying 16 helicopters, four landing vessels, 70 armored vehicles, and 450 personnel.
The first ships were constructed within the framework of a Russian-French deal at the Saint-Nazaire Wharf in France.