Third Russian submarine to depart for Vietnam this week

By Anh Son, Thanh Nien News

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The Hai Phong submarine docks at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo credit: Admiralty Shipyards The Hai Phong submarine docks at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo credit: Admiralty Shipyards

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The third Kilo-class submarine Russia built for Vietnam is ready for delivery after appropriate technical certificate was signed last week at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg, RIA Novosti reported.
This is the third of the six Project 636.1 diesel-electric submarines ordered by Vietnam.
The submarine, codenamed HQ184 Hai Phong, will be shipped from Admiralty Shipyards on December 10 to Cam Ranh in central Vietnam, where the first two subs, HQ182 Hanoi and HQ183 Ho Chi Minh City are stationed.
Construction of the Hai Phong started on March 28, 2012 and finished 17 months later. It completed the last trial on March 14.
The fourth submarine of the series, HQ185 Da Nang, started to undergo sea trials in mid June. The fifth vessel, HQ186 Khanh Hoa was floated out in March while construction of the last one, HQ187 Ba Ria Vung Tau began in May.

Submarines HQ184 Hai Phong and HQ185 Da Nang dock side by side in front of the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg, Russia, in this file photo in July 2014.

The diesel-electric submarines, which are considered improvements over the older Kilo-class, feature six 533 mm tubes that can launch TEST-71 series anti-surface and anti-submarine heavyweight torpedoes.
They were built 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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