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01:08 PM, September 30, 2015
Sixth Kilo-Class Submarine For Vietnam Launched
The "Black Hole Of The Ocean” Russian Kilo Class Submarine

Russian shipbuilders have launched the last of the six Kilo-class submarines known as ‘Black Hole’, which was ordered by Vietnamese Navy.

The submarine is part of a deal reached between Vietnam and Russia for six Project 636 Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines for $2 billion back in 2009. Under the agreement, Russia would also train Vietnamese crews and supply necessary spare parts, thanhniennews, Vietnam new site reported Monday.

Vietnam has operated four Kilo-class submarines. The fifth, codenamed HQ-186-Da Nang, is running sea trials in the Baltic. The delivery of the two last vessels is slated for next year.

Armed with cruise missiles, this diesel-electric stealth submarine is believed to be the quietest in the world. Hence, NATO has dubbed it as ‘black hole’.

Admiral Viktor Chirkov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, and Rear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam, Commander of the People's Navy of Vietnam, were present at the launching ceremony for the submarine, known as HQ-187 Ba Ria Vung Tau, at the Admiralty Shipyard.

At the launching ceremony, Adm Viktor Chirkov and R.Adm Nam also discussed cooperation in strengthening security in the Asia-Pacific.

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