Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Russia And China Expand Their Arsenals Of Tyranny
Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 13, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS

Posted on 03/13/2014 12:23:22 PM PDT by raptor22

Military Power: While the Obama administration disarms, our adversaries in Moscow and Beijing are on the march, developing new weapons and increasing military spending by double digits annually.

As Russia continues to occupy Crimea and lays siege to the rest of Ukraine, it's preparing to take delivery of a French-built warship designed specifically to put Russian boots and their armor on the ground anywhere in the world on the order of Vladimir Putin.

As the Daily Mail reports, the first of two Mistral class helicopter carriers, the Vladivostok, has left the French port of St. Nazaire for sea trials in preparation for a fall 2014 delivery to Russia.

A sister ship, the Sebastopol — named after a port in the Ukrainian region of Crimea that's been seized by Moscow — is scheduled to be delivered late in 2015.

The ships have but one purpose — to provide seagoing bases for Russian forces and give Moscow the option to intervene in foreign crises.

A Mistral class ship is capable of transporting and deploying 16 helicopters, four landing barges, up to 70 vehicles including 13 main battle tanks, and 450 soldiers. Each ship has a 69-bed hospital.

The two ships were part of a $1.6 billion deal signed in St. Petersburg, Russia, that raised eyebrows when it was struck on June 17, 2011. Their mission was designed shortly after the 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Russia
KEYWORDS: china; putin; russia; ukraine

1 posted on 03/13/2014 12:23:22 PM PDT by raptor22
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Nachum; markomalley; Clairity; Carlucci; grey_whiskers; meyer; WL-law; Para-Ord.45; ...


2 posted on 03/13/2014 12:39:25 PM PDT by raptor22 (Follow me on Twitter @gerfingerpoken)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: raptor22

The ship mentioned is nearly complete, built in France, and bought only for its advanced technology. I’m sure pro-Putin Empire “conservatives” will be giddy at this latest success of Putin in his race to restore an evil empire.

3 posted on 03/13/2014 12:55:53 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Free Ukraine. Free Venezuela. Free Syria. Free Iran. Free the USA.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson