Vietnam strengthens naval muscle

By An Hong   April 29, 2016 | 07:50 pm GMT+7

The Vietnam People's Navy will get its hands on a new Gepard-class 3.9 frigate built in Russia next year after it is put through its paces during a trial.

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Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, Rear Admiral Pham Ngoc Minh, at the launch ceremony

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This is the third frigate that Vietnam has contracted the Zelenodolsk shipyard in Russia to build. Vietnam's first two Gepard-class 3.9 frigates and missile escort vessels Dinh Tien Hoang (HQ-011) and Ly Thai To (HQ-012) were dispatched to Vietnam in 2011 and 2012.

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This frigate is equipped with anti-submarine weapons.

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It is designed to perform search and rescue, track and destroy, and escort and patrol missions in territorial waters.

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The frigate, which is also equipped with stealth technology to minimize its presence on enemy radar screens, has its own radar system. 

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The ship includes advanced weapons, for instance, the AK-176...

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...and a short range air defense system. 

(Source: VGP)