Vietnam Navy gets 1st air squadron

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The Navy has formed an air squadron comprising six aircraft and eight pilots trained by a private Canadian firm that also built the planes.

In May 2010 the Navy had signed an agreement with Viking Air to buy six amphibious DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft equipped with modern equipment for maritime patrol and surveillance, search and rescue at sea, and light transport.

The agreement also included 500 hours of flight training for 38 pilots, including landing on normal runways, soft ground (or grass), and water.

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Speaking at a ceremony to mark the formation of the squadron, Vice Admiral Pham Ngoc Minh, deputy commander of the Vietnam People's Navy, said the establishment of DHC-6 navy aircraft squadron is an important step in the task of protecting the country's sovereign seas and islands.

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