Vietnam’s coast guard received six U.S.-made Metal Shark patrol boats to improve its maritime defence capabilities in the disputed South China Sea.
The 45-foot Metal Shark patrol boats were officially handed over by US Ambassador Ted Osius to the coast guard Monday in the central province of Quang Nam, the Bangkok Post reported Tuesday.
The embassy said in a statement that the handover represented deepening cooperation in maritime law enforcement and humanitarian assistance in Vietnam's territorial waters and exclusive economic zone.
These patrols boats will assist the coast guard in intercostal patrols and law enforcement in smuggling, illicit trafficking, piracy and armed robbery against ships, and illegal fishing.
The Metal Shark 75 Defiant Patrol boat is capable of achieving 40+ knots. For the ideal balance of performance, economy, and reliability, twin Caterpillar C32 diesels mated to Hamilton HM-651 waterjets will propel the vessel to speeds in the 30-knot range.
Japan will provide Vietnam with 200 million yen (US$1.6 million) as aid to buy used Japanese patrol boats in the 2015 fiscal year
The Vietnamese government wary of Chinese boats entering its waters has introduced a new rule allowing coast guard forces to use weapons to chase away foreign vessels entering the countrys waters illegally. The rule is slated to come into effect on October 20
The Vietnamese Navy has received two indigenous missile boats, Molniyas, on Tuesday that are modeled on Russian vessels to enhance maritime defenses. The two Tarantul-class corvettes are equipped with 16 missiles and automatic weapons
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of fast patrol boats for an estimated cost of $100 million. The prime contractor will be Kvichak (a Vigor Company), Kent, Washington
Vietnam has ordered 64 Russian T-90S/SK main battle tanks with an estimated price tag of $250 million. The order comes amidst growing focus placed on the country's air force and navy as Vietnam's security planners pay ever-increasing attention to China's actions in nearby waters, Forecast International reported Monday
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