Russia hands over 3rd submarine to Vietnam

By Thanh Nien News, TN News

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Kilo-class submarines at the St. Petersburg-based Admiralty Shipyards in Russia / Photo:
The third of six submarines Vietnam bought from Russia has been handed over, according to Russian media sources.
The Vietnam Navy has received the HQ 184 Hai Phong, which completed testing at sea in Kaliningrad and returned to the St. Petersburg-based Admiralty Shipyards, the submarines' manufacturer, on March 2.
The submarine completed 20 dive tests in more than 60 hours under sea.
Russia will provide training for Vietnamese sailors in the second half of May, according to the Voice of Russia.
The fourth submarine is scheduled to be launched at the Admiralty Shipyards on March 28.
Russia has also started work on the fifth vessel, while the last one will be made later this year.
Last Thursday, the HQ 183 Ho Chi Minh City, the second submarine, was carried to Vietnam’s Cam Ranh Bay by cargo ship Rolldock Star.
The HQ 182 Hanoi, the first of the six subs, arrived at the Cam Ranh Bay on December 31 last year.
The six diesel-electric submarines, which are considered improvements over the older Kilo-class, were bought under a US$2-billion deal signed during a visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to Russia in 2009.
Under the contract, Russia will deliver all by 2016, train Vietnamese crews, and supply necessary spare parts.

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