Vietnam Navy launches multi-purpose submarine search and rescue vessel

The Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) held a ceremony on December 4 at Shipbuilding Factory Z189 of the General Department of Defense Industry to unveil its multi-purpose submarine search and rescue vessel numbered 927 – Yet Kieu.

The launching ceremony witnessed the presence of Vietnamese Defense Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich and senior leaders of the Defense Ministry

It took the factory 17 months to build this first-ever submarine search and rescue vessel, meeting all the set requirements on quality and technical standards. 

It has a displacement of nearly 4,000 tons and is equipped with numerous modern features, including an on-deck helipad, search and rescue equipment, and a positioning system to make sure it can operate for thirty consecutive days amid harsh weather conditions.

The new vessel can conduct international submarine rescue operations, underwater surveys, sea bed mapping, marine rescue, and others.

It is considered as a significant achievement of the Vietnam’s defense industry, contributing to meeting the logistical requirements for the VPN’s submarines and surface ships. It is expected to help the VPN modernize itself to firmly protect national sovereignty over the seas and islands.

Speaking at the event on behalf of the leadership of the Defense Ministry, Deputy Defense Minister Senior Lieutenant General Be Xuan Truong applauded the efforts made by the staff of Factory Z189 in fulfilling their shipbuilding task.

He urged the Navy Command to conduct in-depth training for the crew of the ship so that they would quickly master the ship and start the maiden voyage as scheduled.

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