Analysis of East Asian politics, state military capabilities, culture, and current events. Focused primarily on Taiwan, China, North and South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, and Japan.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Vietnam's 'Silent Service' Challenge
My recent piece for the University of Nottingham's China Policy Institute:
On May 28that the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg, Russia,the lastof sixKilo-class diesel electric submarines (SSK) purchased by the government of Vietnam, was laid to complete construction. The vessels, for the People’s Army of Vietnam Navy (VPN) in 2009, are expected to become the capital ships of the PAVN upon their completion and delivery (the third vessel is expected to be delivered to Vietnam in November, with the remaining three expected to be delivered in 2015 and 2016).
Decision makers in Hanoi are certainly not calculating that this platform purchase will give the VPN some level of parity with the China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). It could, however, force China’s hand in showing how far it is willing to escalate its territorial disputes with Vietnam if the territorial disputes are not resolved by the time the vessels enter into active service.
The full article can be accessed at The University of Nottingham's China Policy Institute sitehere.