Russia is preparing a specialist team to remove its command-and-control (C2) systems from the two Mistral-class helicopter assault ships ordered by Moscow, which remain undelivered in the port of Saint-Nazaire, Russian and French media reported on 25 July.
It is understood that the systems will be used in other Russian vessels.
In September 2014, President Francois Hollande suspended the warships’ transfer because of Russian conduct in Ukraine.
On 18 December 2014, the 400 Russian naval personnel who had been training on the first vessel, Vladivostok , left and returned to Russia on the training ship Smolny .
France stands to lose USD1.2 billion through its failure to fulfil the contract.