Vietnam inducts DHC-6 aircraft into air naval brigade
The People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) Navy inducted a Viking DHC-6 twin turboprop aircraft into its 954 Air Force-Naval Brigade on 17 June.
The 954 Air Force-Naval Brigade was established in July 2013 to undertake maritime patrol and search-and-rescue (SAR) tasks, and is seen as a Vietnamese counter to Chinese claims to disputed maritime territories. A report carried in Vietnamese state media indicated that the DHC-6 will be joined by more aircraft in the near future to form a squadron that will be tasked with maritime patrol duties in what is termed in Vietnam the "East Vietnam Sea". janes