22 Aug '11, 12pm

Vietnam boosts naval power with new frigate #AsianSecurity #SouthChinaSea

HANOI (AFP) - Vietnam on Monday received the second of two Russian-made guided missile frigates, local media reported, boosting its naval firepower amid maritime tensions with China. The Gepard class frigate - which an analyst called Vietnam's most modern warship - arrived at Cam Ranh port on the country's south-central coast, reports said. The first frigate reached Vietnam in March, state-controlled Tuoi Tre newspaper said. 'It alters the naval game,' said Carl Thayer, a veteran Australia-based analyst of Vietnam. 'A boat of that kind provides muscle for Vietnam.'

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