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Russian, French navies visit Vietnam

Released at: 16:14, 04/06/2018

Russian, French navies visit Vietnam

Russian Tanker Pechenga docked at Cam Ranh Port. Photo: Baochinhphu.vn

Separate visits part of strengthening defense ties.

by Le Diem

A Russian Pacific Fleet detachment consisting of the destroyers Admiral Tributs and Admiral Vingradov and the tanker Pechenga anchored at Cam Ranh International Port in south-central Khanh Hoa province on June 3 for a four-day visit. The French Navy’s Mistral-class amphibious assault ship Dixmude and the La Fayette-class frigate FS Surcouf, meanwhile, arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on June 1 to begin a five-day visit.

The visit by the Russian ships, including 76 officers and 680 sailors, is one of the activities carried out under agreements reached by the two defense ministries’ leaders and aims to foster Vietnam and Russia’s traditional friendship and bilateral defense cooperation as well as the affiliation between the two navies.

Russian officers will visit leaders of the provincial people’s committee and the Naval Region 4 High Command, and lay wreaths at a monument for soldiers Vietnam, the former Soviet Union, and Russia who made the ultimate sacrifice for peace and stability in the region.

They are also scheduled to partake in sports events with soldiers from the Naval Region 4 High Command.

The French La Fayette-class frigate FS Surcouf in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Soha.vn

The visit by the French naval ships is part of activities to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties and five years of the Strategic Partnership between Vietnam and France. It will contribute to promoting cooperation between the two countries’ navies in particular and bilateral defense ties in general. 

A total of 713 officers and sailors are visiting, with officers to pay courtesy calls on leaders of the city’s people’s committee, the High Command of Naval Region 2, and the city’s High Command. 

Crew members will take part in exchange and joint drill activities and share their experience in fields of common concern. 

They will also explore historical sites and natural landscapes in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Dixmude and Surcouf are undertaking a combat training mission named “Jeanne d’Arc”, an annual deployment of French Navy ships over a five-month period that aims to enhance international cooperation and practical combat training. 

Dixmude is 199 meters long and 32 meters wide and can carry heavy combat equipment such as helicopters and landing vehicles. Surcouf is a modern multi-purpose hidden frigate made of composite materials. It is 125 meters long and 15 meters wide and is equipped with helicopters, anti-ship guns and missiles, and anti-submarine torpedoes.

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