Vietnam Navy receives first of six amphibious aircraft from Canada

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The first amphibious aircraft in an order of six made by the Vietnamese Navy was shipped from Canada to the Cam Ranh Airport in central Vietnam Tuesday.

A source from the Navy said the 19-passenger STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) utility aircraft produced by Viking Air will be used for patrolling and protecting Vietnam's waters, transporting passengers and carrying out rescue operations.

The Vietnamese Navy had in May 2010 signed an agreement with the private aircraft manufacturer for six of the DHC-6 Twin Otter 400 series, which is designed for maximum speed of 314 kph and a flight range of 1,832 kilometers, and powered by two high performance engines.

It can land on short runways, soft grounds (grassy, soil or sand), as well as on water.

The first DHC-6 Series 400 was delivered in July 2010 .

As part of the service, Viking Air also provided 500 hours of flight training for 38 pilots, with the first eight receiving their graduation certificates on October 7.

The Navy early last month announced it would form an air squadron comprising the six aircraft and eight pilots trained by Viking.

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