VietNamNet Bridge – Factory Z189, under the General Department of Defence Industry, held a ceremony to launch and hand over the vessel “DN 2000 (OPV-9014)”, with its number sign “CSB 8001”, with the participation of Senior Lieutenant-General Nguyen Thanh Cung, Deputy Defence Ministry; Colonel Nguyen Quang Dam, General Director of the Vietnam Marine Police Force and representatives from the Dutch Damen Shipyards Group and relevant agencies.
Delivering a speech, Senior Lieutenant-General Nguyen Thanh Cung said that the event marks the ability of military factories to build large-tonnage ships and also asked the Vietnam Marine Police to continuously strengthen its staff and promote troops’ professionalism to master the new ship and keep pace with marine police forces in the region.
In order to effectively conduct tasks of maintaining security, order and safety in the national waters and exclusive economic zone; search and rescue; fighting against smugglers and supporting fishermen, the Defence Ministry assigned Factory Z189 to build a versatile patrol ship (DN 2000 design) for the Vietnam Marine Police.
On December 17th, 2010, the factory laid down a keel to build the ship and after 20 months’ construction, the unit finished the work under the supervision of foreign experts, meeting all international standards.
The “DN 2000”, 90m in length, 14m in width and 7m in height, is the force’s biggest ship so far and can sail at 21 nautical miles per hour. Besides, it also has a landing platform for a Ka-28 naval helicopter (Russia).
According to the ship’s Captain Nguyen Duc Tuyen, he and his crew are ready to receive the ship. After the launch ceremony, the DN 2000 crew will participate in a training course put on by Dutch experts.
The ship is scheduled to run sea-trials until December 2012 and will be put into full operation by the first quarter of next year.