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Vietnam frigate performs combat drills at Spratly archipelago

By Vu Anh   April 5, 2021 | 07:39 pm PT
Vietnam frigate performs combat drills at Spratly archipelago
The 016 Quang Trung frigate in 2019. Photo by Quan Doi Nhan Dan Newspaper.
A Vietnamese frigate has performed combat drills along with an anti-submarine helicopter near the Spratly Islands.

016 Quang Trung, equipped with rockets and stealth capabilities, is used to combat submarines and other warships, Vietnam Television said on Sunday.

Ka-28 helicopters carried out emergency landing drills.

"On the Spratly Islands, combat preparations are at the highest levels," the national broadcaster added.

016 Quang Trung, commissioned in 2018, carries a lot of modern Russian weaponry and camouflage technologies like radar-absorbing paint.

Its main weaponry includes eight 3M24E rockets with a 130-km range, an AK-176MA gun and other rocket-gun combinations.

It is also capable of carrying a Ka-28 helicopter for anti-submarine warfare.

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