Vietnam commissions two Kilo-class submarines

Vietnam on Saturday held a commissioning ceremony for two more Kilo-class submarines at central Cam Ranh port, some 1,300 km south of capital Hanoi.

A Vietnamese commander says these submarines will mark a new development of the navy and the Vietnam People’s Army.

The two newly-received submarines, named after two Vietnamese coastal cities, are out of six 636 Kilo-class submarines that Vietnam ordered from Russia.

The 636 Kilo-class submarines have an over 3,000-ton displacement, and are able to operate at a maximum depth of 300 meters and at a speed of 20 nautical miles per hour with over 50 crew members.

They are said to be equipped with six 533 mm torpedo tubes, torpedoes and 3M-54 Klub submarine-launched anti-ship missiles on board.

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