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India extends defence support to Vietnam

20th June 2022 - 03:58 GMT | by Neelam Mathews in Delhi

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This photo, taken from Larsen & Toubro’s catalogue, shows the type of high-speed boat obtained by Vietnam. (Larsen & Toubro)

Closer Indian and Vietnam strategic ties were underscored by the handover of a dozen Indian-designed interceptor boats to the Vietnam Border Guard.

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh formally handed over 12 high-speed boats to the Vietnam Border Guard, a force that falls under the Vietnam People’s Army, on 9 June.

Constructed under an Indian $100 million line of credit to Vietnam, the five 27.42m-long boats were built in Larsen & Toubro’s shipyard in India, and the remaining seven in Hong Ha Shipyard in Vietnam. 

The project was deemed a crucial measure for building confidence and a precursor to more cooperative defence projects between the two countries.

Against the need for maritime security and a territorial dispute with China in the South China

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