Vietnam Coast Guard
Cảnh sát biển Việt Nam
Insignia of the Vietnam Coast Guard [1]
Insignia of the Vietnam Coast Guard [1]
Vietnam Coast Guard racing stripe
Vietnam Coast Guard racing stripe
Vietnam Coast Guard flag
Vietnam Coast Guard flag
Agency overview
Formed28 August 1998
Preceding agency
  • Vietnam Marine Police
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionVietnam
Constituting instrument
  • Ordinance No. 04/1998/PL-UBTVQH10 of the Standing Committee of the People’s Assembly of Vietnam on the Marine Police of Vietnam
Specialist jurisdiction
  • Coastal patrol, marine border protection, marine search and rescue.
Operational structure
Agency executives
Parent agency Vietnam People's Navy (1998-2008)

Ministry of Defence (2008-2013)

Government of Vietnam (since 2013)
Patrol boats49 Patrol boats
3 offshore patrol vessel
6 Transport vessels
Salvage tugs5 Salvage tugs
Rescue boats4 search and rescue ship
Patrol aircraft2 CASA C-212 Aviocar
Significant operation
  • 28 August
    Colours: Blue, White, Orange

Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG, Vietnamese: Cảnh sát biển Việt Nam, lit.'Maritime Police of Vietnam'; formerly Vietnam Marine Police (VMP) prior to October 2013) is the coast guard of Vietnam. Until 2013, it was a branch of Vietnam's military, the Vietnam People's Army, and falls under the management of the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence.

Since August 27, 2013, it has been transferred under the direct management of the Government of Vietnam. Since its creation in the late 1990s, the Vietnam Coast Guard plays an important role in maintaining sea security and protection of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and continental shelf boundary. It has dispatched forces in waters in overlapping areas between Vietnam and foreign countries, providing protection and assistance to local fishermen when necessary.

The VCG performs search and rescue duties, along with their duties of combating and preventing smuggling, piracy, and trade fraud in Vietnamese waters.


Previously, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam did not have a dedicated Coast Guard; the Navy had been used for offshore patrol and related military activity, along with the Border Patrol Directorate (Bộ Tư Lệnh Biên Phòng), which had checkpoints in estuarine and littoral areas. These bodies were equipped with small boats for short pursuit and related equipment intended for short-term security applications. All river patrol responsibility belongs to the Fluvial Police (Cục Cảnh sát giao thông đường thủy - Bureau code:C25), supervised by provincial and/or local police office (Ministry of Public Security - Bộ Công An), and sometimes to the Vietnam Customs (Hải Quan), depending on the particular geographical responsibility (fluvial or fresh water only).[2]

In order to relieve the burden on the Navy during peacetime and protect the sovereignty and sovereign rights of Vietnam in its maritime zones in compliance with international law, the Vietnam Coast Guard is then established under the name Vietnam Marine Police and placed under Vietnam People’s Navy in 1998.[2]

The Vietnam Coast Guard was first set up through President Tran Duc Luong's order No 3-L/CTN (7 April 1998), announcing the Ordinance on the Vietnam Marine Police, which had been accepted by The Tenth National Assembly of Vietnam on 28 March 1998.[3]

The Vietnam Coast Guard (was still called as the Vietnam Marine Police) became independent from the Vietnam People's Navy on 1 March 2008. It has in-scope intelligence based on international exchange and co-operation with its ASEAN counterparts in smuggling and on-sea drug interdiction operations. As an organization established to fight against illegal trafficking, it was keen to start with a fresh image, equipped with adequate technology and hardware, to deploy efficiently for its various specific missions. The current organizational pattern will serve as a role model for future extended projects.[2]



In its internal waters, territorial waters, contiguous zone, exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Vietnam, the Vietnam Coast Guard has a mission to patrol and enforce laws in accordance with those of Vietnam and international treaties concerned. Vietnam is a contracting member on agreements (such as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)) on defending sovereignty, jurisdiction, protection of natural resources, prevention of environmental pollution; detecting, preventing and combating acts of smuggling; piracy, trafficking, and transporting illegal narcotics. Besides, the Vietnam Coast Guard has a mission to patrol all the seas in the Southeast Asia region to protect freedom of navigation on the seas.

The Vietnam Coast Guard is responsible in co-operating with functional agencies to complete its mission. If any incident happens at sea, the Vietnam Coast Guard has the responsibility to inform to the functional agencies and co-ordinate with foreign countries to settle the issue. Lt. General Phạm Đức Lĩnh said in The 7th Heads of Asia Coast Guard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM - 7) in July 2011: "The Vietnam Coast Guard is used in overlapping sea areas between Vietnam and foreign countries. Local fishermen will be better protected and assisted if necessary, and we will remind local fishermen not to cross into the waters of foreign countries."[4] In October 2013 the VCG were transferred from the navy to the coast guard, apparently so as to qualify for Japanese equipment aid.[5]

The Vietnam Coast Guard is responsible for protecting the security of Vietnam's coast line and deals with problems like:

In addition to its role, the Vietnam Coast Guard has moved their headquarters from Haiphong to Hanoi in February 2008, due to current needs to address these tasks. Current headquarters are located at 94 Le Loi Street, Nguyen Trai ward, Ha Dong district, Hanoi. Their training base and logistic support facilities remain in Haiphong.


Organizational system

1. Coast Guard Command[6]

2. Units in Coast Guard Department:

Regional Coast Guard

Vietnam Coast Guard regions
Vietnam Coast Guard regions

International co-operation

CASA C-212 series 400 of Vietnam Coast Guard
CASA C-212 series 400 of Vietnam Coast Guard

The Vietnam Coast Guard and Philippine Coast Guard have signed an agreement to set up a hotline in principle. In the near future, both will draft detailed regulations on prompt co-ordination, if a situation at sea occurs.[7]

On 14 July 2012, Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs Kōichirō Genba and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh had a meeting in Hanoi. The Japan Coast Guard is willing to help Vietnam bolster its coastal patrol capabilities, including setup of operations and training its personnel.[citation needed]

The Vietnam Coast Guard plans to be equipped with modern facilities to effectively carry out their tasks to maintain security, order, and safety in the territorial waters and exclusive economic zone with the close co-operation with regional coast guards of regional countries.[8] To solve issues such as piracy, smuggling, trade fraud and transportation of persons, illegal drugs, disaster search and rescue, the Vietnam Coast Guard collaborates with several countries for networking exercises.[citation needed]


Main type of patrol vessels in Vietnam Coast Guard
Main type of patrol vessels in Vietnam Coast Guard

A contract was signed between Vietnam and the United States for the United States Coast Guard to help train Vietnam Coast Guard beginning in 2009. The United States Coast Guard kicked off its partnership program with the Vietnam Coast Guard under the Export Control and Related Border Security program by conducting two sessions of the Maritime Law Enforcement Boarding Officer course in Hai Phong and Phu Quoc, 12–23 October 2009. This was the first United States Coast Guard engagement with the Vietnam Coast Guard under their new partnership program. Its positive results bode well for future co-operation between the two forces. The training courses received a great deal of attention from the Vietnam Coast Guard leadership, as well as the Ministry of Defence (Vietnam), with senior representatives from MOD both attending the opening and closing ceremonies, and hosting farewell lunches and dinners. The Vietnam Coast Guard leadership's recommendations for future training will not only be very useful for planning purposes, but represent clear signals that they are eager for further co-operation. Continuing the partnership plan, the United States Coast Guard has invited one VMP officer to attend the 15-week International Maritime Officer Course starting in March 2010 at the United States Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, Virginia.[9]

The Vietnam Coast Guard has also cooperated with the Dutch Damen Group to build large vessels under Dutch license in Vietnam by companies including Song Thu company and 189 company. Vessels that have been completed include one offshore patrol vessel (9014), one hydrographic survey vessel (6613), and four salvage tugs.[10]

In 2008, the Vietnam Coast Guard received three ocean sentry CASA C-212 Aviocar - Series 400 turboprop aircraft equipped with MSS 6000 systems from Airbus Military.[11]

The Vietnamese government has planned to invest in upgrading facilities for the force, including modern ships which can operate in bad weather and stay for longer periods at sea. Furthermore, the force is also equipped with helicopters to enhance its operations at the border of the continental shelf and exclusive economic zone of Vietnam to protect its territorial waters and Vietnamese fishermen. This is especially important with the ongoing disputes over sovereignty in and around Vietnamese waters.[7][8]


The Vietnam Coast Guard's vessels are equipped with specialised functions (almost all Vietnam Coast Guard's vessels are self-produced):

Almost all of the Vietnam Coast Guard's vessels start with the naming designation CSB (abbreviated by Vietnamese words: Cảnh Sát Biển - Coast Guard).

Photo Type Builder Role Quantity Notes
Patrol vessels
DN 4000
4000 tons
 Vietnam Patrol (2)[12] Two ships on order.
USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715).jpg
Hamilton-class cutter
3250 tons
 United States Patrol 2 [13][14] CSB-8020(former USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC-722))

CSB-8021 (former USCGC John Midgett (WHEC 726)).[14][15]

Vietnam Coast Guard CSB-8002.jpg
DN 2000

(Damen OPV 9014)
2500 tons

 Vietnam Patrol 4[16] CSB-8001, CSB-8002, CSB-8004, CSB-8005
Han-river class
1500 tons
 Vietnam Patrol 1 CSB-8003
Vietnam Marine Police vessel type 5.jpg
1200 tons
 Vietnam Patrol 2 CSB-6006, CSB-6007
1番船のPL41 あそ.jpg
1500 tons
 Japan Patrol (6)[17] Six ships on order.
Teshio class (Natsui class)
600 tons
 Japan Patrol/Transport 5 CSB-6001, CSB-6002, CSB-6003, CSB-6004, CSB-6005
TT-400 patrol vessel CSB 4039 of Vietnam Coast Guard (3).jpg
400 tons
 Vietnam Patrol 9 CSB-4031, CSB-4032, CSB-4033, CSB-4034, CSB-4035, CSB-4036, CSB-4037, CSB-4038, CSB-4039
398 tons
 Vietnam Patrol/Search and rescue 2 CSB-6008, CSB-6009, CSB-6011
Vietnam Marine Police vessel type 2.jpg
Patrol boat
280 tons
 Vietnam Patrol 2 CSB-2015, CSB-2016
200 tons
 Vietnam Patrol 14 CSB-2001, CSB-2002, CSB-2003, CSB-2004, CSB-2005, CSB-2006, CSB-2007, CSB-2008, CSB-2009, CSB-2010, CSB-2011, CSB-2012, CSB-2013, CSB-2014
Project206 Shershen Egypt 1989 DN-SN-89-09160.jpg
148 tons
 Soviet Union Patrol 4 CSB-5011, CSB-5012, CSB-5013, CSB-5014
Vietnam Marine Police vessel type 3.jpg
120 tons
 Vietnam Patrol 14 CSB 001,CSB-1011,CSB 1012, CSB 1013, CSB 1014, CSB-3001, CSB-3002, CSB-3003, CSB-3004, CSB-3005, CSB-3006, CSB-3007, CSB-3008, CSB-3009
High-Speed Patrol boat MS50S  Vietnam Patrol 26 CSB-426, CSB-427, CSB-603, CSB-604, CSB-605, CSB-606, CSB-607, CSB-608, CSB-609, CSB-610, CSB-611, CSB-612, CSB-613, CSB-614, CSB-615, CSB-616, CSB-617, CSB-618, CSB-619, CSB-620, CSB-621, CSB-622, CSB-623, CSB-624, CSB-625, CSB-626
Metal Shark 45 Defiant  United States Patrol 24[14] CSB-701, CSB-702, CSB-703, CSB-704, CSB-705, CSB-706, CSB-707, CSB-708, CSB-709, CSB-710, CSB-711, CSB-712, CSB-713, CSB-714, CSB-715, CSB-716, CSB-717, CSB-718
Utility ships
Vietnam Marine Police vessel type 6.jpg
Damen Salvage tug 4612
1400 tons
Search and rescue 5 CSB-9001, CSB-9002, CSB-9003, CSB-9004, CSB-9005
2900 tons
 Vietnam Replenishment/Transport 1 CSB-7011
Aircraft (2 in service)
Photo Type Builder Role Quantity Notes
CASA C-212 Aviocar series 400  Spain Patrol 2 8981, 8982

Total of three aircraft. One was lost during searching of missing Su-30 fighter.[18]

Table of Ranks

See also: Vietnamese military ranks and insignia

Commissioned officer ranks

The rank insignia of commissioned officers.

Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
Vietnam Coast Guard[19]
Vietnam Marine Police Lieutenant General.jpg
Vietnam Marine Police Major General.jpg
Vietnam Marine Police Colonel.jpg
Vietnam Marine Police Senior Colonel.jpg
Vietnam Marine Police Lieutenant Colonel.jpg
Vietnam Marine Police Major.jpg
Vietnam Marine Police Captain.jpg
Vietnam Marine Police Senior Lieutenant.jpg
Vietnam Marine Police Lieutenant.jpg
Vietnam Marine Police SubLieutenant.jpg
Vietnam People
Trung tướng Thiếu tướng Đại tá Thượng tá Trung tá Thiếu tá Đại úy Thượng úy Trung úy Thiếu úy Học viên Sĩ quan

Other ranks

The rank insignia of non-commissioned officers and enlisted personnel.

Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
Vietnam Coast Guard[19]
Vietnam Marine Police Sergeant major.jpg
Vietnam Marine Police Sergeant.jpg
Vietnam Marine Police Corporal.jpg
Vietnam Marine Police First Private.jpg
Vietnam Marine Police Second Private.jpg
Thượng sĩ Trung sĩ Hạ sĩ Binh nhất Binh nhì

See also


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  3. ^ a b "Pháp Lệnh Lực Lượng Cảnh Sát Biển Việt Nam". Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Vietnam Marine Police Force to be equipped with modern vehicles". Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  5. ^ Sasaki, Manabu; Makino, Yoshihiro (2 June 2014). "Japan Coast Guard vessels and equipment in high demand in S.E. Asia, Africa". THE ASAHI SHIMBUN. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
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  10. ^ "Damen expanding in Vietnam | Stop Wapenhandel".
  11. ^ "Airbus Military delivers coast guard airplane to Vietnam - Airbus Military delivers coast guard airplane to Vietnam". Saigon Times Online. 26 October 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
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  13. ^ "Patrol boat transferred to Vietnam Coastguard".
  14. ^ a b c "Mỹ hỗ trợ 58 triệu USD chuyển giao 2 tàu tuần tra cỡ lớn cho Việt Nam". Báo Thanh Niên (in Vietnamese). 29 July 2020. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  15. ^ "Vietnam to get second Hamilton-class cutter from US in 2020". 9 December 2019.
  16. ^ "Vietnam Coast Guard".
  17. ^ "Tìm hiểu tàu tuần tra Nhật Bản đóng cho Cảnh sát biển Việt Nam". Báo Thanh Niên (in Vietnamese). 31 July 2020. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  18. ^ Newspaper, Tuoi Tre (30 January 2016). "Vietnam jet goes missing while searching for lost pilot and fighter jet". Archived from the original on 20 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
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