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Ho Chi Minh City border guards receive new patrol boats, speedboats

Ho Chi Minh City border guards receive new patrol boats, speedboats

Monday, April 29, 2019, 16:10 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City border guards receive new patrol boats, speedboats
The patrol boat CN09 performs a test run along the Saigon River on April 28, 2019. Photo: Nguyen Duc Thang / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City border guard unit has received two new patrol boats and 10 speedboats designed to further facilitate their missions.

The municipal administration on Sunday transferred the two patrol boats CN09, which can also perform search and rescue missions, and the 10 speedboats to the border guard officers.

Among them, the steel-hull CN09 is the most modern type of ship that the municipal border guard unit has had so far.

Measuring 30 meters long, 6.7 meters wide, and 3.6 meters high, the boat is equipped with two main engines, a hydraulic power steering system, along with both manual and autopilot controls.

Nguyen Thanh Phong, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, examines the equipment of the CN09 ship. Photo: Nguyen Duc Thang / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thanh Phong, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, examines the equipment of the CN09 ship. Photo: Nguyen Duc Thang / Tuoi Tre

It can withstand wind speed of up to 74km per hour and reach the maximum velocity of 20 nautical miles an hour. The boat can travel non-stop for 24 hours.

The maximum operating time of the CN09 is 10 days at the speed of nine to ten nautical miles per hour.

It can rescue up to 25 people at a time, while towing fishing boats weighing up to 3,000 metric tons.

The patrol boat boasts a fire fighting system, emergency facilities, and modern weapons.

The speedboats during a test run. Photo: Nguyen Duc Thang / Tuoi Tre

The speedboats during a test run. Photo: Nguyen Duc Thang / Tuoi Tre

According to Nguyen Thanh Phong, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, the new boats play a significant role in ensuring national defense and security.

Phong praised the efforts of the shipbuilding units for the early completion and operation of the boats.

The chairman also tasked the border guard unit with carrying out regular inspection and maintenance to keep the ships in their best conditions.

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