The German Navy Brandenburg-class frigate Bayern performed drills with Vietnam Individuals’s Navy Molniya Corvette. Frigate Bayern visited on the Nha Rong Port in HCMC Thursday for the primary ever go to of a German Navy naval ship to Vietnam. After the tip of its go to, Bayern will implement a PASSEX (Passing Train) train with the Vietnamese Navy. Partial workouts on communication, navigation, tactical formation crusing and rescue workouts could possibly be carried out. Germany cooperates with Vietnam in quite a few fields and safety coverage is one space amongst many. The go to exhibits the excessive significance Germany attaches to the partnership with Vietnam, and it’ll strengthen the partnership.

The go to to Vietnam is a part of a seven-month coaching for frigate Bayern within the Indo-Pacific area. After Vietnam, it would go to Sri Lanka and India. Different places embody Pakistan, Australia, Guam, Japan, South Korea and Singapore. The maritime area is regulated by the United Nations Conference on the Regulation of the Sea. By crusing the Bayern, Germany is underlining the common validity of this conference and the significance of freedom of navigation. China’s actions within the South China Sea have been described as a part of its “salami slicing”/”cabbage wrapping” methods, and since 2015 the US and different states akin to France and the UK have performed freedom of navigation operations (FONOP) within the area.


Vietnam Individuals’s Navy Molniya Corvette (Photograph by German Embassy Hanoi)

Bayern and the three different frigates of the Brandenburg class had been designed as replacements for the Hamburg-class destroyers. She was laid down in 1993 on the yards of Nordseewerke, Emden and launched in June 1994. After present process trials she was commissioned on 15 June 1996, and assigned to six. Fregattengeschwader. After the naval construction was reorganised, Bayern was assigned to 2. Fregattengeschwader, primarily based at Wilhelmshaven. The F123 Brandenburg class is a category of German frigate. The ships primarily perform anti-submarine warfare (ASW), however additionally they contribute to native anti-aircraft defenses, the tactical command of squadrons, and surface-to-surface warfare operations.

Russia obtained at the very least one boat for trials within the Nineties and in 1999 Vietnam ordered two vessels. Vietnam is at the moment the principle person of the Molniya class, with two Russian made ships and 6 domestically constructed ships. Vietnam began its personal manufacturing line of 1241.8 Molniya ships with the help of Almaz Central Design Bureau in Russia. The primary two domestically constructed ships had been delivered on July 2014, two extra in June 2015, and the final two in October 2017. The Vietnamese ships are armed with a AK-176 76mm gun, 16 Uran-E anti ship missiles, 4 Igla-M air defence missiles and two AK-630 shut in weapon methods. The Vietnamese ships are additionally bigger at 56.9m in size and a most displacement of 563 tons.

German Navy Frigate Bayern
German Navy Frigate Bayern (Photograph by German Embassy Hanoi)