On 28 September, the last of six Kilo-class submarines were launched for the Vietnamese Navy. This order completed a USD $2 billion deal back in 2009. Part of the order includes Russian training of Vietnamese crews as the fifth submarine conducts sea trials in the Baltic. While this deal has strengthened ties between the two nations, it is also important to keep in the mind the attempt to counter Chinese expansion in the South China Sea by Vietnam through this hardware acquisition.
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