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21.02.2011 ARMS-TASS /rusnavy.com
While commissioned into Russian Navy, main task for Mistral class assault landing ships will be control of naval forces, reported ITAR-TASS referring to a source in defense ministry. "After joining Russian Navy, basic task for Mistrals will be control over various naval assets in different operational zones worldwide, including Pacific Ocean, of course. That is going to be a sort of command centers developed at sea and controlling surface ships, submarines, and naval aviation", said the source. "The second high-end task for Mistrals will be delivery of Russian attack and antisubmarine helicopters (Ka-52 Alligator and Ka-27 respectively) to assigned sea- or coastal area. And only the third-priority task will be projection of marine units for landing operations", added the source.