Vietnam Navy commissions Gepard-class frigates
- February 9, 2018
Two Gepard-class (Project 1166.1) frigates have entered service with the People’s Army of Vietnam Navy (PAVN) in a ceremony held at Cam Ranh military port, on February 6.
The ships were the last two of the four Gepard class frigates (Project 11661) built for Vietnam at the Zelenodolsk shipyards in Tatarstan. The first two frigates were handed over to Vietnam in 2011.
The ships of this class are meant for searching for and fighting submarines and surface and air targets, performing patrol and escort missions and guarding the maritime economic zone. They are armed with artillery, anti-ship, anti-aircraft and anti-submarine weapons.