06 Februari 2015

Vietnam’s 5th Russian-Built Submarine to Begin Trial Run this May

06 Februari 2015


The submarine codenamed HQ-186 Khanh Hoa before being launched at the Admiralty Shipyards on December 28, 2014. (photo : Admiralty Shipyards)

The fifth of the six Kilo-class submarines that Vietnam has agreed to buy from Russia is scheduled for a trial run this May, according to the manufacturer, the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg.

The submarine codenamed HQ-186 Khanh Hoa is a Project 636.1 diesel-electric submarines.

It was launched at the Admiralty Shipyards on December 28, 2014.

The first two subs, HQ-182 Hanoi and HQ-183 Ho Chi Minh City, arrived in Vietnam in January and March of 2014.

The third one, HQ-184 Hai Phong, was loaded into the Dutch-registered cargo ship Rolldock Star on December 16. It is scheduled to be delivered to Cam Ranh Port this week.

The fourth one, HQ-185 Da Nang, was launched on March 28, 2014 and is undergoing testing on the Baltic Sea. It is expected to be handed over to Vietnam in mid-2015.

The delivery of the sixth and last one, HQ-187 Ba Ria-Vung Tau, is scheduled for next year.

The six submarines are built under a US$2-billion deal signed during a visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to Russia in 2009.

Russia will deliver all by 2016, train Vietnamese crews, and supply necessary spare parts.

(ThanhNien)

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