Vietnamese ship joins multilateral naval exercise in India

By VNA   February 19, 2024 | 07:54 pm PT
Vietnamese ship joins multilateral naval exercise in India
Vietnamese and Indian navy officials and soldiers at a ceremony to welcome Vietnam's Ship 20 to India for the 12th Multilateral Naval Exercise 2024. Photo by People's Army newspaper
Ship 20 of Naval Region 3's Brigade 172 is participating in the 12th Multilateral Naval Exercise (Milan) in the Indian port city of Visakhapatnam, according to the People's Army newspaper.

Themed 'Camaraderie, Cohesion, Collaboration', the exercise takes place from Feb. 19 to 27. It comprises harbor and sea phases.

Within the framework of the event, the participating navies of countries also join in various activities such as street parade, sightseeing, sports competitions and cultural exchanges. The opening ceremony of the MILAN 2024 is scheduled to take place on Feb. 21.

Colonel Doan Bao Anh, Deputy Commander of Navy Region 3 and head of the Vietnamese delegation, said this is the third time the Vietnam People's Navy has participated in Exercise Milan in India. Through joining in the exercises, Vietnam continues to improve coordination and synergy in responding to maritime security challenges, strengthening friendship, understanding and mutual trust between armies and navies of countries, for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world, he said.

The participation in Exercise Milan is an opportunity for the Vietnam People's Navy to improve organizational capacity, combat readiness, and mastery of weapons equipped for soldiers in the context of long-time operations at sea and complicated weather conditions, Anh said, adding that it also helps accumulate experience in participating and organizing international events.

Earlier, the Vietnamese naval ship made a courtesy visit to Malaysia from Feb. 8 to 11.

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