Russian Military Technologies
Russia’s first Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok is expected to set sail from the French Atlantic port of Saint-Nazaire on its fourth sea trial in May.
The first three sea trials of the Vladivostok were successful, the STX France company spokesman said. The first sea trial took place in early March, the last one on April 8-11, and the next sea trial has been set for May, he said.
The helicopter carrier is expected to undergo a total of six sea trials before it is transferred to the Russian Navy in October 2014, the spokesman said.
These efforts include tests of the ship’s systems and crew training, he said. Several Russian sailors took part in the first three sea trials, he added.