List of equipment of the Vietnam People's Navy

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Vietnam People's Army
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Vietnam People's Navy honour guard during the 2010 ASEAN Defence Ministers meeting.

Since the Vietnam War, most of Vietnamese vessels were supplied by the Soviet Union and presently by Russia, while hundreds more were integrated into the navy after it was left over from South Vietnam although many have been decommissioned due to lack of parts. However, due to rising tensions in the South China Sea, many nearby nations such as Japan have shown support in developing Vietnam's Navy and Coast Guard.[1]

The Vietnam People's Navy is the branch of the Vietnam People's Army with the fastest modernisation as the Vietnamese government put it as a main priority, with constant upgradation of its weapons, ammunition and combat capability.



Class Image Type Ships Origin Quantity Notes
Submarines (6)
Kilo Submarine Kilo class.jpg Submarine 182 Hà Nội
183 Hồ Chí Minh City
184 Hải Phòng
185 Khánh Hoà
186 Đà Nẵng
187 Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu
 Russia 6[2] Active.[2]


Class Image Type Ships Origin Quantity Notes
Frigates (9)
Gepard 3.9 Caspian Frigate Dagestan.jpg Frigate 011 Đinh Tiên Hoàng
012 Lý Thái Tổ
015 Trần Hưng Đạo
016 Quang Trung
 Russia 4 HQ-15 and HQ-16 equipped with anti-submarine capability while HQ-11 and HQ-12 do not. With two more ships planned.
Petya SKRpr159(DN-SC-86-01985).jpg Frigate HQ-09
 Soviet Union 5 Three ASW frigate while two converted to gunboats.
Corvettes (14)
Molniya Molniya 1241.8.jpg Corvette HQ-375
8 6 Built locally.[3]
Tarantul Taratul I Viet Nam.jpg Corvette HQ-371
 Russia 4[4]
Pohang 2007년12월3일-함정기동 (7193822678).jpg Corvette HQ-18
 South Korea 2[5] ASW corvette transferred from South Korea.[5]The second Pohang class delivered at the end of October 2018.
Patrol vessels (26)
BPS-500 Ght.jpg Missile boat HQ-381  Ukraine


1 Active duty.
Osa Project 205-ER missile boat.jpg Missile boat HQ-354
 Soviet Union 8 Active duty.
Svetlyak Caspian artillery boat 054.jpg Patrol boat HQ-261
 Russia 6 Active duty.
TT-400TP Patrol boat HQ-272
 Vietnam 6 Active duty.
Turya BTK pr.206M2.jpg Patrol boat HQ-331
 Soviet Union 5 Active duty.
Amphibious warfare ships (6)
LST-542 LST-938.jpg Amphibious warfare HQ-501 Trần Khánh Dư  United States of America 1 Active duty. The former USS Maricopa County LST-938 which captured during the Vietnam War.
Polnocny The Libyan Polnochny class landing ship.JPEG Amphibious warfare HQ-511
 Soviet Union 3 Active duty.
Hùng Vương Amphibious warfare HQ-521
 Vietnam 2 Active duty.
Auxiliary vessels (33)
Sorum Logistics tug Project 745  Soviet Union 1
Voda Logistics tug MTV-6/Project 561 1
Nyrat-2 Logistics tug Project 376U 5
Floating drydock  Vietnam 5
PO-2 Project 376  Soviet Union 1
USN YOG-5 Harbour tanker  United States of America 5 ex-USN YOG-5. Captured during the Vietnam War.
Chaolocco Tug 5 Captured during the Vietnam War.
USN Harbour tug 10 Captured during the Vietnam War.
Mines counter-measure vessels (8)
Sonya HQ-862 HQVN.JPG Minesweeper HQ-861
 Soviet Union 4 Active duty.
Yurka Minesweeper HQ-851
2 Active duty.
Yevgenya Caspian boat 207.jpg Minesweeper 2 Active duty.
Transport/Logistics support ships (11)
HSV-6613 Ocean surveillance HQ-888 Trần Đại Nghĩa  Netherlands
1 Active duty.
K-122 Transport/Logistics support ship HQ-571 Trường Sa
HQ-561 Khánh Hòa (hospital ship)
 Vietnam 2 Active duty.
HQ-996 Transport/Logistics support ship HQ-996 1 Active duty.
Trường Sa Transport/Logistics support ship Trường Sa 04
Trường Sa 08
Trường Sa 14
Trường Sa 19
Trường Sa 20
Trường Sa 21
Trường Sa 22
7 Active duty.
Training vessel (1)
Training vessel HQ-Lê Quý Đôn  Poland
1 Active duty.


Aircraft Image Type Variants Origin Quantity Notes
Patrol aircraft (6)
DHC-6 Twin Otter WinAir De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter Breidenstein.jpg Patrol aircraft  Canada 6 Active duty.
Helicopters (16)
Kamov Ka-28 Kamov Ka-27PS.JPEG ASW helicopter  Soviet Union 8 Serve in frigates and patrol vessels around Spratly Islands.
Eurocopter Dauphin Aerospatiale HH-65.jpg ASW helicopter  France 6 Active duty.
Eurocopter Super Puma EUROCOPTER EC225 01.JPG Patrol helicopter 2
Unmanned aerial vehicle
Magic Eye 01 UAV  Vietnam unknown Under development.
Insitu ScanEagle US Navy 1005268-N-RC844-159 A Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) UAV  United States of America 6 [6]


Ship/submarine missiles[edit]

Model Image Type Variants Origin Quantity Notes
Anti-ship missile (AShM)
Onyx Yakhont.jpg Coastal defence SS-N-26 Yakhont  Russia 10 launcher
40 missiles
Finished negotiation for technological transferring programme. Two K-300P Bastion-P systems in active.
P-5 Pyatyorka P-500 Bazalt in Vladivostok Fortress Museum.JPG Coastal defence SS-N-3 Shaddock  Soviet Union unknown Active duty. Already self-produced by Vietnam.
P-15 Termit Romanian 4K51 Rubezh missile launch.jpg Anti-ship missile
Coastal defence
SS-N-2 Styx 20[4] Active duty. Equipped in Tarantul class ships. Some have been replaced by Kh-35.
Kh-35 Uran-E Kh-35E fol maks2009.jpg Anti-ship missile SS-N-25 Switchblade  Russia 103[4] Active duty. Equipped in Molniya and Gepard class ships. Already self-produced by Vietnam. 300 more on order.
3M-14/54 Klub 3M-54E1.jpg Anti-ship missile SS-N-27 Sizzler (50) Equipped in Kilo submarines. 40 on order.[7]

Soldier Equipment[edit]


Model Image Type Calibre Origin Notes
TT-33 Semi-automatic pistol 7.62×25mm Tokarev  Soviet Union


Standard issue service pistol. Manufactured locally at the Z111 Factory as the K14-VN. The locally produced version is improved with a longer barrel, and a double-stack magazine that holds an increased capacity of 13 rounds.[8][9]
Makarov Пистолет Макарова.png Semi-automatic pistol 9×18mm Makarov  Soviet Union


Limited use.
Assault rifles
Galil ACE IWI 3686 Assault rifle 7.62×39mm  Israel Standard issue assault rifle.
IWI Tavor TAR-21 IWI-Tavor-TAR-21w1.jpg Assault rifle 5.56×45mm NATO  Israel Manufactured locally. Used by Marines as standard issue rifle [10][11][12]
AK-47 AK47.jpg Assault rifle 7.62×39mm  Soviet Union Used for training. Replaced as the standard issue rifle by the Galil ACE.
Submachine gun
Uzi Uzi of the israeli armed forces.jpg Submachine gun 9×19mm Parabellum  Israel Used by Naval Special Forces. Manufactured locally at the Z111 Factory.
Machine gun
IMI Negev IWI-Negev-Zachi-Evenor-01-white.jpg Light machine gun 5.56×45mm NATO  Israel Used by Marines and Naval Special Forces. Manufactured locally at the Z111 Factory.
Grenade launcher
DP-64 ДП-64 - МВМС 2007.jpg Grenade launcher 45mm  Russia


Name Image Type Origin Notes
Type A2 Helmet Combat Helmet  Vietnam Standard Issue.
Vietnamese Pith Helmet Helmet  Vietnam Mostly used as training helmet. Sometimes used as a regular hat.
PASGT Helmet Combat Helmet  United States Vietnam Limited use. Standard Issue for Marines. They are gradually replacing older helmets in the Army. The Marines uses helmets imported from Israel, as well as domestically-produced ones.[13][14]
Camouflage patterns
K-07 Navy Camouflage Pattern  Vietnam Standard camo. A variant of the K-07 Woodland used by the Ground Forces. The Army is aiming to replace this with a more modern camouflage pattern in the future.[15][16]


As the Vietnam People's Navy is responsible for protecting the nation's sovereignty and economic activities at sea, as well to repulse unauthorised foreign vessels intruding into Vietnamese waters, Vietnam's policy has considered the modernisation of the Navy a priority task in the overall military modernisation plan. As stated on 5 August 2011 by Minister of Defence Phùng Quang Thanh:

The direction of building up the armed forces is one to follow the revolutionary spirit, regularisation and effectiveness and gradual modernisation. Within this context, the Navy, the Air Force, the Signal Corps and Electronic Warfare will proceed directly into modernisation to protect the country.[17]

  • Frigates and corvettes: Two Gepard-class frigates were laid down in 2011 by the Zelenodolsk shipyard in Russia, named HQ-011 Dinh Tien Hoang and HQ-012 Lý Thái Tổ, and two more were ordered. A contract was made in 2011 with Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in the Netherlands to build two Sigma-class corvettes in the Netherlands and two more in Vietnam.[18] The Vietnam People's Navy has itself built six Tarantul-class corvettes (Molniya class) with Russian supervision and has designed and built the first warships of the TT-400TP gunboat class testo.[19]
  • Submarines: Vietnam deployed its first submarine flotilla, Flotilla 182, on 1 June 1982. This flotilla was trained in Cam Ranh Bay under the guidance of Soviet submarine officers and used North Korea's Yugo-class submarine. In April 2011, Vietnam ordered six Kilo-class submarines worth about 1.8 billion dollars, said to be the entire defence budget of Vietnam in 2009. With six submarines, the first to be delivered in 2012 and the last one to be delivered by 2016, Vietnam will own the largest and most modern submarines in Southeast Asia.[20]
  • Offshore patrol vessel: When Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng visited India in October 2014 it was announced that India will supply 4 naval vessels to Vietnam, and quickly operationalise a $100 million line of credit which will allow Vietnam to purchase new vessels from India.[21]
  • Naval air force: The Vietnam People's Navy prepared to build the Naval Air Force to increase the capacity of coastal defence. On 27 February 2010, the Vietnamese People's Army General Staff decided to build and make the 954th Naval Air Force Regiment a regular member of the Vietnamese Navy. Vietnam has purchased three CASA C-212 Aviocar Series 400 aircraft. The aircraft are equipped with MSS 6000 radar and the Naval Air Force will use them for general patrol purposes. Vietnamese Navy received two Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma to offshore patrol and search and rescue missions.[22] Viking Air Company of Canada contracted to sell to Vietnam six Seaplane DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft from 2012 to 2014. While eight Kamov Ka-28 helicopters also transferred to the naval air force.[23]
  • Coastal defence missile force: Vietnam People's Navy is building a coastal defence missile force (the 679th Coastal Missile Regiment) to become a core force in its maritime security strategy, with Russian and Indian missile systems. The Vietnamese Navy has already produced for itself the P-5 Pyatyorka/Shaddock anti-ship missile, with a range of 550 km. Vietnam was the only customer to which the Soviet Union exported this missile system. The then Russia delivered two K-300P Bastion-P coastal defence systems to Vietnam. The Bastion system uses the P-800 Oniks/Yakhont supersonic anti-ship missile, primarily used to attack targets on land and sea, has an attack range of 300 km, and can be used to protect a coastline of over 600 km.[24] During a 2014 visit of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng to India, the Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed willingness to sell their BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles developed by the Russia-India joint venture BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited to Vietnam.[25] The Vietnamese are now starting to locally produce the anti-ship missile Kh-35 Uran-E after receiving 33 missiles in 2010.

See also[edit]


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