Friday, March 21, 2014 21:42
The HQ 183 Ho Chi Minh City, the second of six Kilo-class submarines Vietnam bought from Russia, being carried to Cam Ranh Port in Khanh Hoa Province by cargo ship Rolldock Star Wednesday / Photo courtesy of Lao Dong Newspaper
A Kilo-class submarine Russia built for Vietnam arrived at Cam Ranh Bay in the south central province of Khanh Hoa on Wednesday.
The HQ 183 Ho Chi Minh City, the second of six Kilo-class submarines Vietnam bought from Russia, was carried to the Cam Ranh Port by cargo ship Rolldock Star.
Russian and Vietnamese experts will work to launch the submarine soon.
The HQ 182 Hanoi, the first of the six subs, arrived at the Cam Ranh Bay on December 31 last year.
Russia is scheduled to hand over Vietnam the third vessel, the HQ 184 Hai Phong, in November.
The six diesel-electric submarines, which are considered improvements over the older Kilo-class, were bought under a US$2-billion deal signed during a visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to Russia in 2009.
Under the contract, Russia will deliver all by 2016, train Vietnamese crews, and supply necessary spare parts.
Vietnam this week will send another sailor crew to Russia for training to prepare for the fifth submarine under the contract.
Thanh Nien News