Vietnam Navy commissions 2 more missile ships

By Tieu Thien, Thanh Nien News

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 The corvettes, coded HQ-379 and HQ-380, in the commission ceremony in Dong Nai on Thursday. Photo: Tieu Thien
Two locally-built, Russian-designed missile corvettes entered service with the Vietnamese Navy following a commission ceremony in the southern province of Dong Nai on Thursday.
The corvettes, coded HQ-379 and HQ-380, were built by Ba Son Shipyard. They are armed with 16 Uran-E missiles of 130 km in range, an AK-176M automatic gun, and two AK-630 ship-borne artillery systems.
They are among the six Project 1241.8 Molniya (Lightning) corvettes ordered at Ba Son Shipyard by the Vietnam People's Navy in 2009. The first two, HQ-377 and HQ-378 were delivered last year.
The new corvettes will join their siblings at Brigade 167 of the navy's 2nd Zone Command, which is in charge of the waters in southern Vietnam from Binh Thuan to Bac Lieu Provinces.
The Vietnamese navy has also used to Russian-built Molniya corvettes, which were built by the Russian Vympel Shipyard.
Vietnam started its own production line of the ships with the assistance of Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau in St. Petersburg, Russia.
More Russian hardware have been acquired by the Vietnamese navy over the past few years to boost its capabilities, including Kilo-class submarines, Gepard-class guided missile stealth frigates and Svetlyak-class fast patrol boats.

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