Project 23900 amphibious assault ship Mitrofan Moskalenko will be the Black Sea Fleet’s flagship

According to information published by Tass on October 11, 2021, the advanced Project 23900 versatile amphibious assault ship Mitrofan Moskalenko will become the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet after its repairs at the Zaliv Shipyard are completed, a source in the defense industry told.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Artist rendering of future Project 23900 amphibious assault ship Mitrofan Moskalenko (Picture source: Yandex account of ОНИ)

The first details on Project 23900 developed by ZPKB first surfaced during a visit of President Vladimir Putin to an exposition devoted to the future for the Russian Navy development in Sevastopol on January 9, 2020.

As TASS sources in the shipbuilding industry reported earlier, the displacement of ships of a new class for the Russian fleet will be 25 thousand tons, with a maximum length of about 220 meters. One Russian UDC will carry more than 20 heavy helicopters on board, will receive a docking chamber for landing boats and will be able to transport up to 900 marines.

Universal landing ships, also called helicopter carriers, are capable of carrying a group of heavy helicopters for various purposes, transporting from several hundred to 1 thousand marines; they are equipped with a dock for boats, transport armoured vehicles. Ships of this class were previously in the Russian Federation, and before that, they were not built in the USSR.

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