It is the first time the warship will cross thousands of nautical miles, from the East Sea (Pacific) to the Strait of Malacca and then to the Indian Ocean for the mission, showing the deep and comprehensive integration of the Vietnam People’s Army in general and the Vietnam People’s Navy in particular with armies and navies of countries in the region and the world.
|The Ka-28 naval anti-submarine helicopter on the frigate|
During the visits, the Vietnamese frigate will participate in various activities, such as joining friendly sports games and meeting with local authorities in Singapore and India; attending opening ceremonies for an international navigation exhibition and the International Fleet Review Village, and an international navigation seminar; partaking in road marches; exchanging with the event’s participating navies; and hosting a banquet on board.
|The 011 Dinh Tien Hoang frigate at Cam Ranh Base in Khanh Hoa province|
Senior Colonel Le Xuan Thuy, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Navy and Head of the mission, held that this is a special voyage as this is the first time the Navy has sent a frigate to join an international fleet review. The 011 Dinh Tien Hoang frigate is the first warship of Vietnam to cross the two large territorial waters of the Pacific and Indian Ocean. Notably, the event takes place when people nationwide are making efforts to gain achievements to welcome the 12th National Party Congress and the voyage is the same as the country’s traditional Lunar New Year or Tet festival.
The visits will considerably contribute to promoting the relationship between the Vietnam People’s Navy and the event’s participating navies.
The 2016 International Fleet Review is expected to run from February 5th to 8th in Visakhapatnam, the largest city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, with the participation from about from 50 maritime countries.