Vietnam to build four more maritime surveillance vessels

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The newly-built KN-781 ship will be handed over to the Vietnamese fisheries surveillance force later this month. Photo: Thuy Hang
The government will spend US$200 million to build four more large-sized vessels for Vietnam's Fisheries Surveillance Force--the agency tasked with protecting the country’s maritime borders and fishermen--Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said Wednesday.
Dung made the statement during a meeting with leaders of the state-owned Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (SBIC), following an inspection of a new large-sized ship built by Ha Long Shipyard for the force, Vietnam News Agency reported.
The ship, marked KN-781, has a displacement of more than 2,000 tons making it one of the country's largest patrol ships. It will be handed over to the Vietnamese fisheries surveillance force later this month.
The Ha Long Shipyard is also putting the final touches on a similar vessel for the force, which will be transferred in July.
PM Dung also agreed to the building of 15 additional medium-scale ships, bringing the expected number of Fisheries Surveillance Force vessels to more than 50 in total and allowing the force to better perform its law enforcement and rescue missions at sea.

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