October 15, 2017

Vietnam's CSB 8020 Ready to Return Home

On the foreign military sites appeared latest pictures of Vietnamese CSB 8020 ship at the time of the day 04.10.2017.

Currently, Vietnam CSB 8020 and its crew are being trained in Honolulu in the Hawaiian Islands of America. Recently, the ship has welcomed Vietnamese Ambassador to the  US Pham Quang Vinh.

The panoramic image of the CSB 8020 did not appear during the visit, but a clear picture of it was made on October 4, 2017.

Looking outside, the ship was brought a new coat of paint, indicating that the repair process was completed, preparing to self-journey back to Vietnam. If that is the case then we will officially receive the train at the end of this year as expected.

Another noteworthy detail is that the number of the ship is only 20, not 8020 as the original information.

CSB 8020 is a Hamilton class patrol vessel, the WHC 722, which is based at the Avondale Plant, and was officially commissioned on March 10, 1969, and has just retired on April 18, 1977.

The ship has a full load stretch of 3,250 tons; length 115 m; width of 13 m; draft of 4.6 m; 160 crew members (including 20 officers and 140 crew members).

The vessel is equipped with a combined propulsion system consisting of two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines, giving a maximum speed of 29 knots (53.7 km / h), a range of 14,000 nautical miles (22,531 km ), continuous time of 45 days.

The original ship's weaponry included the AN/SPS-40 airborne radar guns, the 76.2 mm Oto Breda gunboat, the 20 mm Phalanx CIWS, the M242 Bushmaster size 25 mm, 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun and 7.62 mm M240 light machine gun.

However, based on the above image, only the only gunboat Oto Breda along with the fire control radar was retained.

It is expected that after the WHEC 722, Vietnam Coast Guard can receive some more Hamilton class patrol boats from the US Coast Guard.

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