The Vietnamese navy on Monday received a Russian-built guided missile frigate which is one of the most advanced in the Southeast Asia.
The 102-meter long vessel, named after King Ly Thai To (974-1028), was the second Gepard 3.9 class frigate that Vietnam ordered from Rosoboronexport - the sole state intermediary agency for Russia's exports/imports of defense-related and dual use products, technologies and services
The first one, named after King Dinh Tien Hoang (924-979), was delivered to the country in March.
At a ceremony held at the Cam Ranh military port in the central province of Khanh Hoa on Monday, Rear Admiral Nguyen Van Hien said the frigates marked a new progress in the Navy's process of enhancing its capacity to protect the nation's sovereignty.
It has also helped Vietnam catch up with the level of the region and the world's naval forces, he said.
Last month Vietnam's maritime police also the first of three coast guard aircrafts that it ordered from the Spain-based Airbus Military.