Vietnam to deliver patrol boats to African customers

07 January 2020

Eight Manta-type boats are seen lined up at the Hong Ha Shipbuilding Company facility in Haiphong in a still from footage released by Tu?i Tr?. Two more can be seen in the background. Source: Tuổi Trẻ

African customers have ordered patrol boats that have been built by Vietnamese shipyards, the country’s Tuổi Trẻ newspaper reported on 2 January.

The story and accompanying video focused on the delivery of 50 patrol boats that had been ordered by an unidentified billionaire and showed several small craft being loaded onto a cargo ship for delivery to Port Harcourt in Nigeria.

More significantly, Tuổi Trẻ also reported that 10 “armoured patrol boats” were awaiting delivery for unidentified African customers and showed them lined up at a location that could be identified as the Hong Ha Shipbuilding Company facility in Haiphong.

The boats appeared to be similar to the 17 m Manta fast patrol boat/interceptor craft made by the Malaysian company Suncraft.

The Manta is also advertised by Vietnam’s Haiphong-based 189 Shipbuilding Company (Z189).

The boats seen at the Hong Ha facility were unarmed but fitted with weapon mounting points in their bow compartments, as well small electro-optical systems made by the US company FLIR.

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Vietnam placed 31st in global power ranking

By Nguyen Quy   January 23, 2020 | 06:00 pm GMT+7

Vietnam placed 31st in global power ranking

Armored tanks are mobilized on the street to maintain security during the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, February 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

High scores in military strength has given Vietnam 31st place in a 2020 global power ranking of 73 economies.

In Southeast Asia, Vietnam’s level of global influence is second only to Singapore, which is placed 22nd, according to the latest power ranking released this month by multi-platform publisher U.S. News and World Report.

Among other Southeast Asian peers, Indonesia is ranked 40th, Myanmar 47th, Thailand 49th, the Philippines 51st, and Malaysia 58th.

The ranking assesses the influence of a nation based on five attributes including a country’s leadership, economic influence, political influence, international alliances and military power.

Vietnam scored an average 0.9 points on a scale of 10 in power ranking. The country scored highest in military power at 2.8 points, followed by economic influence (0.7) and political influence (0.6). “Strong international alliances” recorded 0.4 points and “a leader” 0.5 points.

Vietnam was ranked 32nd among 80 economies last year.

The U.S. was named the most powerful country in the world, followed by Russia and China. The rest of the top 10 were Germany, the U.K., France, Japan, Israel, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.

Global Firepower, a U.S.-based non-governmental military website that assesses the military power of countries around the world, last year ranked Vietnam’s military the 23rd most powerful in the world.

The country’s total available active military manpower, estimated at 482,000, puts it among the 10 largest standing armies in the world, according to Global Firepower.

The power ranking is part of the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Countries Ranking. In the overall ranking, Vietnam slipped four places to 43rd, performing best in economic growth, heritage and business openness categories.

Kỷ vật của nữ anh hùng Y Buông


Trần Thúy Hằng – Bảo tàng Hậu cần QĐND Việt Nam |

Kỷ vật của nữ anh hùng Y Buông

Dù chỉ là đồ dùng bếp núc nhưng chiếc bát tô và muôi canh lại chính là “vũ khí” lập công của nữ Anh hùng Lực lượng vũ trang nhân dân Y Buông. Đằng sau những đồ vật rất đời thường giản dị ấy ẩn chứa câu chuyện về “nồi cơm huyền thoại” và người chiến sĩ nuôi quân – nữ anh hùng đầu tiên và duy nhất của dân tộc Xê Đăng và của tỉnh Kon Tum hiện nay.

Làng Đắk Re, xã Đắk Na, nằm phía Tây Bắc huyện Đắk Tô (nay thuộc huyện Tu Mơ Rông) tỉnh Kon Tum, hướng về đỉnh Ngọc Linh cao ngất mù sương.

Ở đó, năm 1945 trong một gia đình Xê- đăng nghèo khổ nhưng vẫn âm thầm hoạt động giao liên cho cách mạng, là vợ chồng ông A Đức và bà Y Bla, sinh được một con gái nhỏ nhắn dễ thương có nước da màu nâu đất, mái tóc xoăn. Đứa bé được đặt tên Y Buông. Tiếp tục đọc “Kỷ vật của nữ anh hùng Y Buông”

Building defence zones can protect the country: PM

Update: March, 20/2019 – 07:00

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (second from left) with delegates at the teleconference held by the Central Military Commission on March 19 in Hà Nội to review 10 years of efforts to develop centrally governed municipal and provincial defence zones. — VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất

Viet Nam NewsHÀ NỘI — Developing municipal and provincial defence zones is a proactive measure to protect the country and ensure solid security even when threats are not yet visible. Tiếp tục đọc “Building defence zones can protect the country: PM”