The Vietnam People’s Navy on Thursday conducted a flag-raising ceremony for the third and fourth fast-attack missile ships of Molniya class, which have been built locally with Russian technology.
The ceremony to debut the new vessels, coded HQ379 and HQ380, was held at the military port of Naval Zone 2 in the southern province of Dong Nai.
The ships, built by the Ba Son Shipbuilding Corporation under the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense’s, were earlier handed over by the ministry to Brigade 167 of Naval Zone 2.
The two ships successfully passed a run test conducted by the Vietnam People’s Navy and the ministry in April this year.
The warships are the third and fourth of the six Molniya-class missile warship vessels designed on the basis of a Russian version under a technology transfer agreement signed by Vietnam and Russia in 2009.
The fast-attack missile ship 379 is seen at the flag-raising ceremony on September 24, 2015.
The first two vessels made their debut last year also at the military port of Naval Zone 2.
All of the four are equipped with advanced weapons and state-of-the-art functions.
In addition to a modern radar system that can track targets accurately, each of the warships is equipped with 16 sea-to-sea Uran-E missiles arranged into four modules for launch on each side with a range of 130 kilometers.
Each warship has two AK-630 ship-borne artillery systems with 4,000 shells each, which can fire 4,000-5,000 rounds per minute at a range of 4-5 kilometers, and an AK-176M automatic gun with a range of 15 kilometers for sea and land targets and 11 kilometers for air targets.
Inside one of the two new fast-attack missile ships of Molniya class.
They can operate at sea for 10 straight days despite winds as strong as 74kph and are able to attack targets both in the air and on the sea.
“The reception of the two more ships has marked the increasing growth of Brigade 167 in particular and the Naval Zone 2 in general,” Colonel Pham Khac Luong, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of Naval Zone 2, said at the ceremony.
The first two Molniya-class warships, HQ377 and HQ378, were handed over to the Vietnam People’s Navy in July last year.
The last two will be given to the navy in the second quarter of 2016.
The weapons systems of each of the two fast-attack missile ships of Molniya class.