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Vietnam lays down landing ship for navy

27 December 2019
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Da Nang-based shipbuilder, Song Thu Corporation, has laid down the keel for a 57 m roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) landing ship tank (LST) on order for the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) Navy.

The vessel, which is being built to a proprietary Damen design, was laid down on 27 December. The vessel was ordered to improve the mobility of Vietnam’s armoured units, an industry source told Jane’s on the same day.

Jane’s also understands that this is the first such ship acquired for the PAVN. Once complete, it will have an overall length of 57.27 m, an overall beam of 12 m, and a maximum draft of 2.75 m.

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