Vietnam Coast Guard accepts delivery of patrol boats


US-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has delivered another six new military patrol boats to the Vietnam Coast Guard.

This order follows an initial six-vessel delivery of 13.7-metre Defiant-class patrol boats to the Vietnam Coast Guard in the province of Quang Nam in May 2017.

The new patrol boats were handed over at a delivery ceremony on March 28 at the Vietnam Coast Guard's Region 4 station on Phu Quoc Island, the southwestern territory of Vietnam.

The boats were part of a US$20 million transfer of infrastructure and equipment by the US to Vietnam.

The delivery also included a training centre, maintenance facility, boat lift, vehicles, and a navigation simulator.

The patrol boats will be used to combat smuggling, illicit trafficking, piracy and armed robbery on the high seas, illegal fishing and environmental degradation.

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