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France puts Mistral warship delivery to Russia on hold
AP, AFP, Reuters ^ | 03.09.2014

Posted on 09/03/2014 9:21:57 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

The French government has announced that planned deliveries of two Mistral warships to Russia have been placed on hold. The first delivery was scheduled for October.

After a meeting of the French defense committee on Wednesday, Paris announced that the deliveries would not yet take place given the current unrest in eastern Ukraine.

"The President of the Republic declared that, despite the prospect of a ceasefire which still remains to be confirmed and implemented, the conditions for France to deliver the first warship are not to date in place," a statement from the office of French President Francois Hollande read.

(Excerpt) Read more at dw.de ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: france; lhd; mistral; russia

1 posted on 09/03/2014 9:21:57 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki
It would be nice if France found a better buyer for these things.

Anyone in NATO (except Turkey)?
Japan?
Australia?
France?

2 posted on 09/03/2014 9:31:20 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

With Russia’s history, why would anyone sell them weapons?

Let them prove themselves over a generation or two, or perhaps arm them as an ally in a tough situation.

To just arm them... not a smart idea from here.


3 posted on 09/03/2014 9:40:58 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (We'll know when he's really hit bottom. They'll start referring to him as White.)
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To: Dagnabitt

Japan and Australia are building their own.


4 posted on 09/03/2014 10:03:55 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Well, now they can buy two more :)

That are all but completed.

The French pull this crap all the time. 100 years ago, most of Russia’s Battleships were French built.


5 posted on 09/03/2014 10:13:14 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: KC_Lion

Looking at the de Gaulle, why would anyone actually want to buy a French warship?

Let alone one thats basically a glorified auto carrier?

Personally, I think they should go ahead and sell these things to Russia. Which won’t be able to afford the upkeep on them.


6 posted on 09/03/2014 10:17:25 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Dagnabitt

While I doubt that Canada will pick these ships up, our navy could likely put them to good use. They are even built for use in northern waters.


7 posted on 09/03/2014 10:18:08 AM PDT by Don W (To laugh, perhaps to dream...)
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To: KC_Lion

True enough. The Aussie ships are ready for sea trials and are rather impressive.


8 posted on 09/03/2014 10:18:13 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Don W

Canada has been toying with the idea of once again having a naval airpower component in the fleet.


9 posted on 09/03/2014 10:19:20 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Dagnabitt

South Korea?

I guess if they had that much money they could just build it themselves


10 posted on 09/03/2014 10:59:51 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: tanknetter

The de Gaulle is faithfully serving, and the French have a thing about their military-industrial complex. So I would look to the people spending money on French equipment, versus your impression of it.


11 posted on 09/03/2014 1:03:21 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Um, yeah, let’s see ... After fixing the exploding screws, and the laundry machines that caused the ship to vibrate (amongst other problems), the French are still having to plow so much money into de Gaulle that they can’t even afford a license-build cousin of the RN’s QE class to fill out their defined need for a second carrier.

And how many nations, besides France, have adopted Rafale, again?


12 posted on 09/03/2014 1:08:49 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter

India is looking to sign a $20B contract, I believe.


13 posted on 09/03/2014 1:57:50 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The Russians will eventually get the ships, likely as part of a deal for gas in the winter.


14 posted on 09/03/2014 2:24:23 PM PDT by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: tanknetter

“Let alone one thats basically a glorified auto carrier?”

That’s what I thought it was.


15 posted on 09/03/2014 7:27:25 PM PDT by PotatoHeadMick
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To: tanknetter

Maybe we can get some more money from China to buy them right?


16 posted on 09/04/2014 9:32:45 AM PDT by kneehurts
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To: tanknetter

don’t forget the deck that was too short to launch jets.


17 posted on 09/04/2014 6:25:00 PM PDT by Kent1957
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To: Kent1957
don’t forget the deck that was too short to launch jets.

IIRC the problem with the deck was that the landing area was about 10-12' too short to safely trap the E-2 Hawkeyes France bought.

The one that did, and still does, get me is the exploding screws. The French didn't have any spares, so had to make-do with a set of spares set aside for Clemenceau/Foch. This limited the ship to 25 knots, which really restricted flight ops.

But on top of that, when the French went to investigate what happened, arson at the screws' manufacturer saw most of the production records destroyed.
18 posted on 09/04/2014 9:43:49 PM PDT by tanknetter
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