First Sea Trials for Hanoi in Vietnamese Waters
Russian-built submarine Hanoi held her first sea trials in Vietnamese waters on Wednesday, (January 8, 2014), Thanhnien news portal writes.
The submarine, the first kilo-class to join the Vietnamese Navy, with a hull number HQ 182, arrived at the Cam Ranh naval base this month.
She is expected to complete the trials today and her official handover ceremony will take place on January 15.
The submarine held several trials after launching at Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg, Russia. Hanoi and her sisters are nicknamed “black holes” because of their ability to be undetected underwater.
The 3000- ton submarine can operate at a maximum depth of 300 meters and carry 52 crewmembers onboard.
Naval Today Staff, January 10, 2014; Image: Shipspotting