Vietnamese PM inspects first Russian-built 'Ha Noi' Submarines

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on May 13 inspected the progress of Vietnam’s Kilo-class submarine, which is being tested in Kaliningrad, Russia.

This is the first of six Kilo-class submarines that Vietnam contracted to buy from Russia during Dung’s visit to the country in 2009. Under the contract, the Russian side is also responsible for training sailors and supplying necessary equipment for the submarines.

The Kilo-636 submarine, named Hanoi, was built in Admiralty Verfi Shipyards in St. Petersburg and is being tested near Svetlyi port in Kaliningrad. It has successfully made 23 test dives.

Having a displacement of 3,000-3,950 tonnes, the submarine can operate at a maximum depth of 300 metres and at a range of 6,000-7,500 nautical miles for 45 days and nights with 52 crewmembers. It has the quietest engine in the world and is the best choice for reconnaissance and patrols.

Talking with sailors aboard, the PM expressed his hope that the crewmembers will promote their proactiveness, activeness and creativeness to overcome all difficulties and rapidly grasp modern military technologies so that they can master the ship after it is transferred to Vietnam.

He pledged to create all possible conditions for them to perform their tasks in an exceptional manner.

On behalf of the crew, Captain Major Nguyen Van Quan thanked the Party, State and people for their care for the submarine’s crew in particular and the naval force in general. He said all the crew men are committed to do their utmost to rapidly acquire the latest military technologies and fulfill their assigned missions.

The same day, Dung had a meeting with the press in Kaliningrad, expressing his delight to visit such a peaceful and hospitable city. He affirmed that the Vietnamese people will never forget the support that Russia has given to their country during the past struggle for national independence and unification as well as the current national defence.

He stressed that Russia’s supply of the submarines to Vietnam not only is a trade deal but also reflects the friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

Dung thanked the Kaliningrad government and people for creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese sailors during their training in the city.


  1. This is just a public relation exercise - an act of pretense. The fact of the matter is as long as the Communists remain in power, Vietnam will never be able to use its millitary forces to defend its citizens and its own sea and territory against the bellicose Chinese.

    To those who read this post, please tell your government that Vietnam is under a repressive one party dictatorship, please help our people by not giving any financial assistance to the corrupt Vietnamese dictatorship which is worse than the likes, Gaddafi or Mubarak in North Africa.

    Vietnam was supposedly a free independent country after the colonial period under the French and after winning the war agaist the American. Yet the Communist rulers turned themselves to be puppets of the Chinese Communists. Vietnam has now become a pseudo Chinese colony. The Vietnamese people are denied of freedom of speech. No such thing as free election under the Communist one party dictatorship. Religious persecutions and corruption is widespread. Internet is subject to strict censorship. This regime has blood on its hands when dealing with innocent farmers who was robbed of their own land and livehood. The atrocity the police inflicts on the citizens who dare to speak up for human rights, democracy and patriotism against Chinese aggression. We, Vietnamese, value freedom and democracy you enjoy in the West. We always dream one day our country would be free and all Vietnamese would live in happiness and independence. This dream would never be realized until the Communist dictatorship is abolished or toppled.

    Below is the latest piece of news detailing a case of human rights abuse in Vietnam. You would find more about the dark side of this Communist regime on the internet.

    Please follow this link to view an online article from Radio Free Asia

  2. Freedom is not free. You have to fight for it!

  3. Press Release

    US Embassy Statement on Dinh Nguyen Kha and
    Nguyen Phuong Uyen

    May 17, 2013

    We are concerned by a Vietnamese court’s sentencing of Dinh Nguyen Kha to eight years in prison and Nguyen Phuong Uyen to six years in prison on subversion charges.

    These convictions are part of a disturbing trend of Vietnamese authorities using charges under national security laws to imprison government critics for peacefully expressing their political views.

    These actions are inconsistent with the right to freedom of expression and, thus, Vietnam’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and commitments reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    We call on the government to release prisoners of conscience and allow all Vietnamese to peacefully express their political views.

  4. On the surface, this corrupt PM came to inspect the new submarine. Behind closed doors, he came to receive a financial kickback (payment) for approving the purchase of this expensive sub whose price tag was well over the price the Russian sold to the Chinese. while the quantum of the "money in the envelope" would be never known, the amount would be at least 20 times his annual official salary. His subordinates in the defense department also received smaller bribes.


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