The Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) has received its first indigenously-built MSSARS 9316-class multi-purpose submarine rescue ship.
A ceremony was held on July 30, 2021 at the state-owned Factory Z189 of the General Department of Defense Industry in Hai Phong, with the presence of the Chief of the VPN Rear Admiral Tran Tranh Nghiem, Deputy Director of the General Department of Defense Industry Major General Luong Thanh Chuong, and representatives from Dutch shipbuilder Damen Group.
Damen Group designed the Yet Kieu (927) based on its Rescue Gear MSSARS 9316 design, however it was manufactured in Vietnam as part of a partnership between the Dutch shipyard and the Vietnamese government.
The ship was launched in 2018 and is being built under the strict supervision of Damen Group and Lloyd’s Register.
It went live on December 3rd, 2019. However, the fit-out and installation of rescue equipment took more than a year to complete.
The Yet Kieu has a displacement of 3,950 tons and measures 93.11 meters in length, 15.99 meters in width, 7.20 meters in height, and 4.25 meters in draught.
It has a sophisticated propulsion system that allows for a top speed of 16 knots, a 30-day endurance, a 4,000-nautical-mile operational range, and can endure level-9 waves and level-12 winds.
Submarine search and rescue missions, surveying and researching underwater items and features, and other given tasks are all possible with this ship. It also has life-saving medical equipment.
To maintain its fleet of six Project 636 Kilo-class diesel electric submarines from Russia, the VPN needed a new submarine rescue ship. The need for such an asset was highlighted this year by a deadly mishap involving an Indonesian Navy Cakra-class submarine.