How strong is the American ship CSB 8021 transferred to VN?


How strong is the American ship CSB 8021 transferred to Vietnam?

Vietnam's Hamilton-class CSB 8021 ship. Source:

The Hamilton-class CSB 8021, which was transferred by the US to Vietnam, has completed the upgrade process and is on its way back to Vietnam.

According to the announcement of the US Embassy in Vietnam on June 10, the Vietnam Coast Guard ship CSB 8021 on June 8 arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii on its way back to Vietnam.

It is known that this ship left Seattle, Washington state on June 1, this is a Hamilton-class coast guard ship that used to be in the service of the US Coast Guard and is the second ship of this class that the US Government has transferred to the Vietnam Coast Guard. Male.

The original ship is the USCGC John Midgett Hamilton-class ship number WHEC 726, officially delivered on August 14, 2020. After being delivered, this ship was upgraded and repainted at Lake Union Drydock.

At the same time, from November 1, 2020, the ship's new crew, including officers of the Vietnam Coast Guard, have been trained on the ship, its systems and equipment.

On March 20, 2021, the US side completed the upgrading process and brought the ship to Seattle/Washington state to prepare to hand over to Vietnam. The ship was tested by the US side on Elliott Bay and the Puget Sound area, near Seattle.

USCGC John Midgett is the last of a series of 12 large Hamilton-class patrol boats of the US Coast Guard. After being transferred to Vietnam, the ship has been upgraded with the hull structure as well as the weapon system and electronic system on board to better suit the mission of the Vietnam Coast Guard.

The John Midgett, launched in September 1971, is multi-functional, designed to meet the diverse missions of today's Coast Guard and Coast Guard. The ship's main tasks include ensuring domestic maritime security, search and rescue, and maritime law enforcement.

Before transferring to Vietnam, USCGC John Midgett regularly conducted patrol cruises in the west coast, including the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, and Central American waters, enforcing the Magnuson Fisheries Conservation and Management Act. (limited to 200 miles or 320 km) and also ensure compliance with laws to prevent drug trafficking.

During the operation, USCGC John Midgett underwent a comprehensive upgrade in 1991, upgraded weapons, sensors, added a helipad, overhauled the engine and improved the living space of the sailors. crew. The ship has a large capacity, can carry 24 officers and 160 sailors.

Currently, there is only one Hamilton-class aircraft in service with the US Coast Guard, the Douglas Munro (WHEC 724, in Kodiak, Alaska), the Mellon (WHEC 717) being retired in 2020. Meanwhile, 10 aircraft. Others have been delivered to a number of countries including Vietnam (expected 2 units), Bangladesh (2 units), Nigeria (2 units), Philippines (3 units), Sri Lanka (1 aircraft).

The delivery of the CSB 8021 ship and related support activities has a total value of more than $27 million, and is US security aid to Vietnam. John Midgett is the second Hamilton-class patrol boat transferred to Vietnam by the US government, after the USCGC Morgenthau in 2017 (under former President Donald Trump, with a total value of about 24 million USD).

The ship is 115 m long, 13 m wide, has a displacement of 3,050 tons, a draft of 4.6 m, a displacement of 3,250 tons. The train is equipped with two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines, allowing a maximum speed of 54 km / h. The ship can do 45 days of continuous duty at sea with a range of more than 22,000 km.

Before being transferred, the US side removed most of the ship's radar and weapons, leaving only one Oto Breda 76 mm cannon. This is a Phalanx rapid-fire melee artillery system (6 barrels, 25 mm, a rate of fire of more than 2,000 rounds per minute), 2 automatic 25 mm Bushmaster cannons.

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