Vietnam’s state-run media has published details of the work the country’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) is doing to modernise the country’s naval maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities.
Reports on 9 July said that the MND had invested in the past two years in developing the so-called X52 Shipyard, which is owned by the Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) and is located in Cam Ranh Bay in the south central coast province of Khanh Hoa.
Upgrading of the facilities has been undertaken primarily to support the VPN’s six Project 636 ‘Kilo’-class diesel-electric attack submarines, which were procured from Russia in 2009. The last of two of these submarines were commissioned in March 2017.
Reports said that investments in the X52 Shipyard, which was inaugurated in 2012, had enabled the facility to repair and upgrade about 20 navy ships in 2017 in addition to its initial work in supporting the Kilo-class submarines. Capability development has also been secured through efforts to send engineers for training overseas, most notably to Russia.
Reports added that the MND aims to continue investing in the facility with the intention to enable it to carry out full MRO services for the Kilo-class submarines by 2019.