Cam Ranh Bay

Russia gets cosy again in cold war port

Hats off: Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, front left, stands beside Vietnamese counterpart Phung Quang Thanh. Photo: EPA

Hanoi may never allow Moscow the major naval base and listening post it developed during the cold war, but the visit of the Russian defence minister this week confirmed expanding plans for a significant military presence for some time to come.

Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 5:52am

Keeping ghosts at bay

Vietnam's priorities for the opening up of Cam Ranh Bay are intriguing.

As well as the United States navy - whose ships are already being serviced in the strategic port on the South China Sea - other navies would be welcome too, such as those of India and Russia, Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh told the Sunday Morning Post recently.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Russians in Manila Bay? What is afoot?

Russian warships anchored in the Philippines last week for the first time in 96 years, a sign of intensifying military diplomacy over the disputed South China Sea.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

US navy returns to Cam Ranh Bay

Some 38 years since they left and 16 years since a US admiral travelled to Hanoi to declare 'I'm always on the lookout for a good port', the US navy has finally returned to Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay.

27 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Welcome support from an old friend

While the emerging Vietnam-US relationship is raising eyebrows in Beijing, growing ties between Moscow and its cold war beneficiary in Hanoi are also being closely watched.

13 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Russian naval visit a message for Beijing

Just as the Chinese navy uses warships returning from anti-piracy patrols in the Indian Ocean to fly the flag in Southeast Asian ports, the Russian Pacific Fleet returns to Vietnam early next month to highlight one of the region's most intriguing - and enduring - strategic relationships.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Cam Ranh Bay back in strategic limelight

Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam is one place that never seems to die.

Built up as a vast air and sea base by the US military at the height of the Vietnam conflict, it became a glittering prize of the cold war when Hanoi allowed its Soviet Union patron to keep its biggest southern base there.

16 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Russians are coming

The challenges posed by a rising China and India may dominate strategic thinking across East Asia, but the re-emergence of another power is starting to tax the minds of the analysts and diplomats eyeing the trends shaping our future - Russia.

3 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Pentagon officials warn Moscow is 'still a key player we need to watch'

With its salt farms, deserted waterfront and vast sleepy harbour, Cam Ranh Bay on Vietnam's south central coast may seem more backwater than geo-strategic hot-spot.

But this week Russian President Vladimir Putin ensured Cam Ranh was once again a point of intrigue as America's 'new war' on terrorism challenged old regional assumptions.

19 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Vietnam joining elite submarine club

VIETNAM is set to become the third Southeast Asian nation with working submarines after a deal with North Korea.

Asian defence sources have confirmed Jane's Defence Weekly reports that Vietnam obtained two second-hand Sang-o class vessels as part of an upgrade of its cash-strapped navy. The deal has been noted with considerable interest in Beijing and Washington.

31 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Fear over worn parts delays aircraft deal

Hanoi's fear of being sold faulty aircraft has hampered the first big military hardware deal between Vietnam and Russia in three years.

Hanoi had voiced misgivings to Moscow over a US$150 million (HK$1.2 billion) deal for six Su-27s in 1994, insisting the planes had been plagued by faults, sources said.

12 Mar 1997 - 12:00am