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.