|The Ha Noi submarine was launched yesterday in the central province of Khanh Hoa's Cam Ranh Bay. — VNA/VNS Photo Tien Minh
KHANH HOA (VNS) — A Kilo-636 submarine named Ha Noi was directed to the Cam Ranh Port in the central province of Khanh Hoa yesterday.
Heavy lift vessel Rolldock Sea, carrying the submarine, arrived at the port on the first day of the year after a six week voyage from St Petersburg .
The submarine is scheduled to be handed over to the Vietnamese side on January 10.
The second, to be named Ho Chi Minh, is expected to arrive at Cam Ranh by March.
The submarine is the first of six diesel-powered 636 Varshavyanka (kilo)-class submarines that Viet Nam bought from Russia to modernise its navy, enhancing the country's capacity to defend its territorial waters.
The other submarines are being built at Admiralty Verfi Shipyards in St. Petersburg .
The 73.8m-long submarine can operate at a maximum depth of 300 metres and at a range of 6,000-7,500 nautical miles for 45 days and nights with 52 crew members. It has the quietest engine in the world and is the best choice for reconnaissance and patrols. — VNS