It is expected that the handover of the US USCGC John Midgett to the Vietnam Coast Guard will soon take place in the near future.

Original radar systems on Hamilton class cutter ships, including AN/SPS-40E air search radar, AN/SPS-78 surface search radar, AN/WLR-1H electronic warfare system and MK 92 fire control system. When transferred to Vietnam, John Midgett will only be equipped with AN/SPS-40 air search radar, AN/SPS-64V surface search radar and AN/WLR-1CG Countermeasures Receiver.

In terms of weapons, the original equipment on the Hamilton-class ships included a 76mm gun, two 25mm Mk38 cannons, six 12.7mm machine guns and one 20mm Phalanx CWIS. John Midgett now had only one 76mm gun. The Phalanx complex, along with all other weapons, were removed.

USCGC John Midgett
USCGC John Midgett

The renovation and repair of John Midgett should have ended long ago, but due to the heavy blizzard in the United States, repairs were delayed.

Built in the late 1960s, this is the largest coast guard ship in the United States. Theoretically, the US Navy’s Hamilton-class ships have displacement of up to 3,050 tons and a range of up to 22,530 km.

The United States has a total of 12 coast guard ships of this type, which are gradually decommissioned or transferred to a few partners around the world, under the Excess Defense Articles program.

It is expected that when commissioned in the Vietnam Coast Guard, John Midgett will carry the number CSB 8021. Previously, the US Navy Morgenthau was also transferred to Vietnam, with the hull number is CSB 8020.

According to the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry: “The comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and the United States have in recent times developed well in many fields, including national defense and security cooperation”.

“Both sides will continue to promote bilateral defense cooperation, including maritime security cooperation and capacity building on maritime law enforcement, contributing to maintaining peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.”


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