Vietnamese frigate Ly Thai To to join Russian exercise ARNEX

According to information published by VnExpress International on November 24, 2021, the Gepard-class frigate Ly Thai To has arrived in Indonesia to participate in the ARNEX joint exercise between ASEAN and Russia.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Vietnamese Gepard-class frigate Ly Thai To (Picture source: Flickr)

The ship left Cam Ranh military port in the central Khanh Hoa Province on Tuesday afternoon for Indonesia to participate in the ASEAN – Russia Naval Exercise (ARNEX), the first of its kind held to ensure the safety of the maritime economic activity and civil navigation.

The drill aims to implement agreements from the 14th ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting which Vietnam chaired, and at the same time, shows Vietnam's support in promoting the ASEAN - Russia relationship.

Lý Thái Tổ (HQ-012) is a Gepard-class frigate (Gepard 3.9 type) in the Vietnam People's Navy. She was built by the Zelenodolsk shipyard in Russia undersigned contract to the Vietnamese Navy.

Gepard-class frigates are capable of employing their weapons systems in conditions up to Sea State 5. The hull and superstructure are constructed primarily of steel, with some aluminum magnesium being used in the upper superstructure. They are equipped with fin stabilizers and twin rudders and can use either gas turbines or diesel for propulsion in a CODOG configuration.

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