Vietnam already boasts a thriving merchant ship construction sector, and has also built some coastal paramilitary craft in recent years. Now, the country is emerging as a warship builder.
This vessel was constructed, with Russian assistance, by the Hong Ha Shipbuilding Company in the northern port city of Hai Phong. The diesel-powered, 32-knot ship is based the Russian Svetlyak OPV. The ship is armed with a 76.2-millimeter gun and a 30-millimeter cannon.
Minh said that the ship will be used for patrol to defense the country’s sea, islands and continental shelf.
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