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TOULON, September 27 (Itar-Tass) — Russian crews who will service two Mistral aircraft carriers, which are being built in St. Nazaire in France for Russia, will be taught on board the first of the two ships commissioned, a representative of the DCI company Jose Lagadec told Arms-Tass news agency at a naval base in France. The Russian crews will be taught in French with synchronous translation into Russian, the DCI representative said.
DCI ensures instructing and practical training of the Russian crews for the first two Mistral ships built for Russia. DCI is a partner of the French defense ministry and it trains personnel for servicing and handling the French-built warfare. The construction of the hull modules for the first of the two helicopter carriers which began in St. Nazaire in the beginning of 2012 is going on to schedule, said Jean-Marie Poimboeuf, president of GICAN as he talked to journalists in the framework of a tour to French ship-building sites.
The first Mistral is to be turned over to the Russian Navy in 2014, and the second one - in the end of 2015.
Russia will build the third and fourth Mistrals on its own. A Mistral with a maximum displacement of 21,000 tons is capable to take aboard 16 heavy helicopters and ensure transportation of up to 900 servicemen and 70 armored vehicles.