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Vietnam launches advanced coast guard vessel, starts building another

The Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) Command launched a 3,500 horsepower vessel in the central city of Da Nang on Saturday morning, after holding a keel laying ceremony for another the same day.

The Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) Command launched a 3,500 horsepower vessel in the central city of Da Nang on Saturday morning, after holding a keel laying ceremony for another the same day.
The Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) Command launched a 3,500 horsepower vessel in the central city of Da Nang on Saturday morning, after holding a keel laying ceremony for another the same day.

The first vessel, numbered 9004, is a salvage tug and can operate in all kinds of weather and rough seas.

It can travel at sea for 30 days on end.

Song Thu Corporation, under the Ministry of Defense, also organized a keel laying ceremony for the vessel DN 2000 number 4 at the Song Thu port in Da Nang the same morning.

According to Major General Nguyen Quang Dam, Commander of the VCG, the DN 2000 line is currently the country’s most versatile and advanced coast guard vessel.

The ship meets all international standards for vessels of its kind.

Having a 12,016 horsepower engine, the ship is designed to sail at a maximum speed of 21 nautical miles per hour in a range of 5,000 nautical miles and survive gusts of the 12th level.

The construction of the ship, which can operate for 40 days on end, is expected to be complete within 12 months following the keel laying ceremony, Dam added.

When launched, the DN 2000 will officially be deployed by the VCG to boost its patrol and safeguarding of the country’s sovereignty over its seas and islands.

It will also transport troops and carry supplies for the forces tasked with protecting Vietnamese seas and islands.

During the keel laying ceremony, Kommer Damen – chairman of the Netherlands’ Damen Shipyards Group, presented two high-power flashlights and four seawater purification systems to the Vietnam Coast Guard Command.