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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Russian shipyard launches last 'Black Hole' sub built for Vietnam Navy

HQ187 SSK launchRussian shipbuilders on Monday launched the last of the six Kilo-class submarines ordered by the Vietnamese Navy.

Admiral Viktor Chirkov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, and Rear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam, Commander of the People's Navy of Vietnam, were present at the launching ceremony for the submarine, codenamed HQ-187 Ba Ria Vung Tau, at the Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg.

It is part of a deal reached between Vietnam and Russia for six Project 636 Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines for $2 billion back in 2009.

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