Category Archives: Ships

Mistral-Class Amphibious Assault Ships: Facts and Details

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French President Francois Hollande announced on Tuesday that the transfer of the first Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Russia was put on hold over the situation in Ukraine.

The Mistral-class amphibious assault ships are known as “projection and command ships” in French. The ships are used as command centers, for helicopter operations, to transport military vehicles, including tanks, and to serve as hospitals at sea.

France started developing these ships in 1997 in line with the National Concept for Amphibious Operations. The first ship was designed by the General Delegation for Armaments and French naval defense and energy group DCNS. Several foreign contractors were also involved in the program.

The ship displaces 21,300 metric tons deadweight, and its maximum length and beam span 210 meters (about 700 feet) and 30 meters respectively.

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France to hand over first Mistral helicopter carrier on Nov 14

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France may hand over the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia on November 14, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said. He announced that Moscow had received an invitation to take delivery at France’s Saint-Nazaire shipyards.

“Rosoboronexport [Russia’s state owned arms exporter] has received an invitation to arrive in Saint-Nazaire on November 14, where 360 Russian sailors and 60 specialist trainers are already,” Rogozin said.

On that day, Vladivostok – the first of two Mistral-class helicopter carrier ships – should be handed over to Russia. The Deputy PM also assumed the second carrier, the Sevastopol, would also be in dock.

“We act from the fact that France must protect its own reputation as a reliable partner, including on issues of military cooperation,” he said. France has always stressed that for them this would be “the litmus test of their national pride and sovereignty,” the Deputy PM added.

Project 11356 lead frigate Admiral Grigorovich to join Russian Navy in early November

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The lead frigate of Project 11356, the Admiral Grigorovich, is to be handed over to the Russian Navy on November 7, a delegation of the Baltic shipyard Yantar, manufacturing the ships of the series, told TASS at the Euronaval 2014 exhibition in Paris on Wednesday.

“On November 7, we will hand over the lead frigate to the Russian Fleet at a solemn ceremony to be attended by Commander-in-Chief (Viktor) Chirkov,” the representative of the Kaliningrad-based Yantar shipyard said.

The Admiral Grigorovich was laid down in mid-December 2010 and was set afloat in March this year. The frigate is part of the six ships being constructed in Kaliningrad: the Admiral Essen, the Admiral Makarov, the Admiral Butakov, the Admiral Istomin and the Admiral Kornikov.

Sevmash to lay down new Borey class nuclear sub in December

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The construction of a new Borey class nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarine is expected to begin in December, the Sevmash shipyard said Friday.

“In December, if everything goes well, we will lay down one more submarine, the Knyaz Suvorov. It is another boat of the improved Borey-A class,” Nikolay Semakov, a deputy department head at Sevmash told RIA Novosti.

The Knyaz Suvorov will be the sixth out of eight Borey class vessels to form the backbone of the Russian Navy’s strategic nuclear deterrent force after older boats are retired by 2018.

Russia currently has two Borey-class boats in service – the Yury Dolgoruky and the Alexander Nevsky. The third submarine – the Vladimir Monomakh is expected to be commissioned in 2014.

Putin asked to contact him to ensure the orders of the plant “Zvezda”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to contact personally with him on building the orders of the far Eastern shipbuilding plant “Zvezda”. “You want the venture was provided by the orders,” Putin said at a meeting with newly elected governors, RIA “Novosti”.

“Please pay close attention to it and to maintain contact with me, to be able to respond quickly to these processes,” he added. Recall, August 30, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that shipbuilders in the far East will attract salaries and cigaretee. The first phase of the construction of the shipyard Zvezda will be completed in 2016. It includes a hull block, painting workshop and slipway, allowing to build vessels with deadweight of up to 145 thousand tons. The second and the third phase involves construction of two dry docks, including for the construction of offshore platforms. These two phases of the project will be implemented simultaneously and will be completed by 2018. However, at the shipyard, there are problems with financing. Previously, the project went out to Korean investors.

Vyborg Shipyard to participate in SMM’14

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OJSC “Vyborg Shipyard” will take part in the international exhibition SMM’14.
The leading industry event is dedicated to the novelties of shipbuilding, machinery and marine technology. The exhibition will be held in Hamburg (Germany) from September 9 to 12, 2014. Within the overall stand of JSC “United Shipbuilding Corporation” Vyborg Shipyard will present a model of icebreaker of project 21900 M and model of semisubmersible barge “Atlant”.
The leading industry exhibition SMM is conducted since 1963 every 2 years and is located in 12 pavilions of the “Hamburg Messe” complex. Among the participants of SMM are shipping companies, shipbuilders, design companies, suppliers of marine products, equipment and technologies.

New Generation Black Sea Submarine Leaves for Sea Trials

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A new generation diesel-electric submarine Friday left St. Petersburg’s Admiralty shipyard for Baltic Sea trials.

The near-complete diesel-electric Novorossiysk will be at sea for less than a month and will return to base for final fitting ahead of joining the Black Sea naval fleet, a defence industry source told Itar-Tass on Friday. Three-month mooring trials have already been completed.

Novorossiysk is the first in a series of 636.6 Varshavyanka Project vessels, Black Sea Fleet Commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov told ITAR-TASS.

Six submarines of this class are planned for Black Sea duty and are aimed at building up the potential of Russia’s naval task force in the Mediterranean.

Alexander Nevsky Submarine to Arrive in Kamchatka Soon

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The strategic nuclear-powered submarine of Project 955 (Borey class) Alexander Nevsky will arrive in Kamchatka before the end of the current year, Commander of the Eastern Military District of Russia Colonel General Sergei Surovikin said on Friday at a visiting session of the military council.

“In accordance with the Russian Defense Ministry’s instructions, the construction of the facilities of the first priority stationing site should be completed by October 2014, and the Alexander Nevsky submarine will start the combat training program before the end of the year,” he said.

“The Vladimir Monomakh submarine will also arrived in Kamchatka after factory trials,” Surovikin added.

Fifth Borei-Class Nuclear Submarine to be Laid Down at Sevmash Shipyard

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The nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Knyaz Oleg, the fifth to be built under Project 955A Borei, designed by Rubin Central Design Bureau, will be laid down at the Sevmash Shipyard on July 19, a source in the shipbuilding industry told Interfax-AVN on Thursday. “The fifth Borei will be called Knyaz Oleg. It will be laid down at the Sevmash on July 19,” the source said.

He also said that the Knyaz Oleg will become the second nuclear submarine to be built under the improved project 955-A. The Borei project’s head nuclear submarine, Yuriy Dolgorukiy, raised its flag on January 10, 2013; the first one serially-produced – Aleksandr Nevsky – was handed over to the Navy on December 23, 2013. The third Borei, Vladimir Monomakh, is undergoing tests before entering service in the Navy this year. A solid hull has been built for the fourth ship – an upgraded Project 955-A, Borei-A, new-generation nuclear submarine Knyaz Vladimir.

Fourth Yasen Nuclear Submarine to Join Russian Navy

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The fourth multirole nuclear submarine of the upgraded Project 885M (code name: Yasen) will be laid down at the Sevmash shipyard (Severodvinsk) on July 19, a source in the shipbuilding industry told Interfax-AVN on Thursday. “This will already be the fourth consecutive nuclear submarine codenamed Yasen and the third consecutive upgraded ship of Project 885M to be laid down at Sevmash. It will be laid down along with the fifth Borei, Knyaz Oleg,” the source said.

He recalled that the Project 885 Yasen head multirole fourth-generation nuclear submarine named Severodvinsk designed by the St. Petersburg-based Malakhit Design Bureau was floated on June 15, 2010. Sevmash is to build seven Yasen submarines for the Navy before 2020, six of them under the upgraded Project 885M, starting from Kazan which was laid down in June 2009.