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Friday, August 14, 2015

Vietnam's newly acquired submarines not practical for S China Sea

Hai Pong (S 184)Earlier this month, the Vietnamese Navy commissioned two new Russian-made Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines, the 184-Hai Phong and the 185-Khanh Hoa, at a ceremony at Cam Ranh Naval in Khanh Hoa province, south of Hanoi.

Under a contract signed by the two countries, two more submarines of the same class will be delivered in 2016. The two new vessels will be part of the Submarine Brigade 189, which already includes the 182-Hanoi and the 183-Ho Chi Minh–the first two Kilo-class SSKs in the Vietnam People's Navy.

Vietnam is working to build a fleet of six Kilo-class SSKs to boost its naval capability.

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