People’s Army of Vietnam Navy Lays Down Roro 5612 Landing Ship Tank

Da Nang-based shipbuilder, Song Thu Corporation has laid down the keel for a Roro 5612 multipurpose landing ship tank designed by the Dutch Shipbuilding Group Damen on order for the People’s Army of Vietnam Navy (Hải quân nhân dân Việt Nam). While Vietnamese shipyards have produced these ships in the past for Royal Bahamas defense force, this is the first time the Vietnam People’s Navy has ordered this vessel. Additionally, there are currently three extra RoRo 5612 ships built by Vietnam for Venezuela that were never delivered due to the ongoing Venezuelan political/social crisis.

 Damen Roro 5612 Landing Ship Tank
Damen Roro 5612 Landing Ship Tank

The RoRo 5612 is a landing craft equipment for disaster relief with a roll-on, roll-off landing craft for emergency relief operations. The deck equipment of the RoRo 5612 includes one anchor winches 3x DMT 10 m/min, one deck crane 14 tons at 19.50 mtrsan and a capstan 3 tons, 15 m/min.The RoRo 5612 is operated by a crew of 16 people. It measures 23.3m in overall length, 57.27 m in floatation length and 3.9 m in width. It is powered by two 2x MTU type 12V2000M61/1A engine and it can sail at a maximum speed of 10.5 knots at 250 tdw. Navigation and communication equipment includes a GMDSS A3 Radar, a magnetic compass, gyrocompass, GPS, echo sounder, autopilot, AIS, and a speedlog.
 Damen Roro 5612 Landing Ship Tank
Damen Roro 5612 Landing Ship Tank

The Vietnam People’s Navy (Vietnamese: Hải quân nhân dân Việt Nam), commonly known as the Vietnamese Navy, has one of the most capable militaries within Southeast Asia. In March 1988, the Navy fought against the PLAN at Johnson Reef, causing the losses to the Vietnamese of several transport ships and up to 64 deaths. The battle was won by the PLAN who outgunned and outnumbered them, using a fleet of frigates against Vietnamese lightly armed transport ships. This prompted the Navy to modernise its weapons and its overall naval capabilities.
 Damen Roro 5612 Landing Ship Tank
Damen Roro 5612 Landing Ship Tank

Song Thu corporation operates under Ministry of Defence of Vietnam, and havings its registered office at 96, Yet Kieu Street, Tho Quang ward, Son Tra district, Danang city, S.R. of Vietnam. Experience 40 years in company with the force of human resource having professional leaders, officers and qualified workmanship workers, Song thu Company has solidly developed day by day. Its clear evidence is the ex-work of many series of vessels and growing turnover year by year. Song Thu has not only duty on building defence products such as tug boats, salvage tugs, petro vessels, hydraugraphic vessels, oil spill response vessels, fishing boats, ect.
Damen Roro 5612 Landing Ship Tank
Damen Roro 5612 Landing Ship Tank

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