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Vietnam has so far received four out of the six Russian-built 636 kilo-class submarines. 

Vietnam’s four ‘black holes in the ocean’ subs

A flag-raising ceremony was held at Cam Ranh military port in central coastal Khanh Hoa province on April 3 to receive two Russian built submarines.

Vietnam’s four ‘black holes in the ocean’ subs

Vietnam’s four ‘black holes in the ocean’ subs

Vietnam’s four ‘black holes in the ocean’ subs

The submarines, named HQ-182 Hanoi and HQ-183 Ho Chi Minh City, have been delivered to Vietnam pursuant to a 2009 contract signed during Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to Moscow for the purchase of six diesel-powered 636 Varshavyanka (kilo)-class submarines.

Vietnam’s four ‘black holes in the ocean’ subs

A Kilo-class submarine christened HQ-183 Ho Chi Minh docked at Cam Ranh Bay in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa during the overnight hours of March 19.

Vietnam’s four ‘black holes in the ocean’ subs

With their super-low noise level, these submarines are called ‘black holes in the ocean’.

Vietnam’s four ‘black holes in the ocean’ subs

The 3rd kilo submarine, HQ-184 Hai Phong, is 73.8 meters long and 9.9 meters wide. It has a displacement of 3,000-3,950 tonnes and an operation range of 6,000-7,500 nautical miles.

Vietnam’s four ‘black holes in the ocean’ subs

The vessel can travel at 20 nautical miles per hour and operate for 45 consecutive days with a crew of 52 members at an average depth of 240 meters, which can be extended to 300 meters at most.

Vietnam’s four ‘black holes in the ocean’ subs

The fourth Russian-built submarine, named HQ-185 KhanhHoa entered Cam Ranh Bay in the central province of Khanh Hoa on June 30.

Vietnam’s four ‘black holes in the ocean’ subs

A flag-raising ceremony for two new submarines was held at Cam Ranh military port in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa on August 1.

 

Source: VOV

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