Two frigates of the Vietnamese Navy arrive in Russia for Navy Day

According to information published by Tass on July 22, 2021, two missile frigates of the Vietnamese Navy, the Tran Hung Dao, and the Quang Trung have entered the Zolotoi Rog Bay and are assuming their positions in the parade formation with the help of the tugs of the Pacific Fleet.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Gepard 3.9 class frigate Tran Hung Dao (Picture source: War defense news)

A total of 16 sets of roadstead equipment have been installed in the bay for the parade formation. Overall, the festivities will involve seven combat ships. The final rehearsal of the Pacific Fleet’s ships will take place on July 23.

Russia will hold its Main Naval Parade on Navy Day in St. Petersburg on July 25 to mark the Fleet’s 325th anniversary. Naval parades will also take place in Severomorsk, Baltiysk, Sevastopol, Kaspiysk, Vladivostok, and Tartus (Syria).

The Vietnamese Navy took delivery of its first two Gepard-3.9s (Project 11661E) in 2011 and ordered two more in 2012. The second pair was laid down in the fall of 2013. Vietnam is reportedly intent on ordering two more frigates of the class.

The Zelenodolsk Shipyard has built Project 11661 frigates since 1990. The ships in the class displace 1,500 tons and carry artillery, antiaircraft and antisubmarine weaponry and anti-ship missiles as well. The frigates are designed to seek for and destroy submarines, surface ships and aircraft, conduct patrolling and convoy escorting and protect maritime exclusive economic zones.

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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