US to transfer fast patrol vessels to Vietnam

9:21:00 PM
WASHINGTON, -- The Vietnamese Coast Guard (VCG) is to receive six Metal Shark-built Defiant-class fast patrol vessels from the US government to support its efforts to boost maritime security, an official from the US Department of State revealed to IHS Jane's on 18 March.

The deal - the value of which has not been disclosed - is significant in light of the US decision in late 2014 to ease its long-standing military embargo on Vietnam to allow the transfer of "maritime security-related defence articles".

The US State Department official said: "We are working together with Vietnam to deepen our security co-operation, which underpins the economic growth throughout Asia-Pacific.

The Metal Shark 75' Defiant is a welded aluminum pilothouse vessel designed for use in law enforcement, tactical fire fighting, pilot operations, or other missions where fast response, all-weather capability, large capacity, and extended range are key considerations. Like all Metal Sharks, the 75 Defiant may be fully customized to meet virtually any mission requirement. 

NOTE: The image does not represent the actual acquisition of the project.


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