Sea Platforms

Vietnam’s third Gepard frigate departs Russia on voyage home

19 September 2017

Key Points

  • The People’s Army of Vietnam Navy is on track to receive its third Gepard 3.9-class frigate in 2017
  • Platform will significantly improve the service’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities

A Russian-built Modified Gepard 3.9 (Project 11661E)-class guided-missile frigate destined for service with the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) Navy has begun its journey home.

The warship is currently being carried on board the semi-submersible heavy load carrier Rolldock Star , according to images carried by various Russian and Vietnamese media outlets since mid-September 2017. This information has since been corroborated by Jane’s with Rolldock Star ’s current indicative payload weight data from IHS Markit’s Market Intelligence Network portal on 20 September.

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