Viet Nam christens nation's first submarine fleet with flag-raising

A ceremony to raise the national flag on the country's first two submarines was held at Cam Ranh port in central coastal Khanh Hoa province yesterday.

The national flag is raised during a ceremony held yesterday for the country's first two submarines at Cam Ranh Port in central coastal Khanh Hoa Province. (Photo: VNA)

In addition to the HQ-182 Hanoi and HQ-183 Ho Chi Minh City, the country bought four other diesel-powered 636 Varshavyanka (kilo)-class submarines from Russia to modernise its navy and enhance its capacity to defend the country's territorial waters.

(Photo: VNA)

Addressing the ceremony, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stressed that this was a milestone development for the Viet Nam People's Navy and the Viet Nam People's Army at large.

The Government leader reiterated Viet Nam's defence policy of peace and self-defence, adding that its military modernisation aimed to defend the country.

As scheduled, Russia will hand over to Viet Nam another submarine, the HQ-184 Hai Phong, within the year.

Source VNA

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