Russia will lay down two amphibious assault ships (helicopter carriers) at the Zaliv shipyard in Crimea by May 9, the commander of the Russian Navy Nikolai Yevmenov told RIA Novosti.
The warships will be named Sevastopol and Vladivostok, after cities in Crimea and Russia’s Far East, respectively. Yevmenov revealed that every warship will have a displacement of over 20,000 tonnes. Their navigability, operational and structural characteristics will be better than those of French Mistral-class amphibious assault ships. The warship will be capable of carrying helicopters and an assault force.
Earlier reports in Russian media say that the new helicopter carriers will have a displacement of 25,000 tonnes and a maximum length of about 220 meters. They will carry over 20 heavy helicopters, have a dock for landing boats, and two reinforced marine battalions with a total strength of 900 men.
The final official characteristics of the warship is yet to be revealed.
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