FS Forbin Visits Ho Chi Minh City

May 28, 2019 (VNS) – Forbin, an anti-air frigate of the French Naval Force led by Col. Thomas Frioli, docked at Sài Gòn-Hiệp Phước port on May 28, beginning a friendly visit to HCM City which will last until June 3.

The French frigate’s visit is under the framework of the Việt Nam-France defence co-operation plan for 2019, contributing to promoting bilateral defence ties and strengthening the strategic partnership between the two nations.

During its visit, officers of the ship are scheduled to pay courtesy visits to leaders of the HCM City People’s Committee, the High Command of Military Region 7 and the High Command of Navy Zone 2.

Col. Thomas Frioli and his crew are welcomed at the Sài Gòn-Hiệp Phước port. VNA/VNS photo by Thanh Vũ

The two sides will share experience in fields of mutual concern.

They will participate in friendly sporting events with Vietnamese officers and soldiers of the High Command of Military Region 7 and the High Command of Navy Zone 2, and will conduct joint training activities.

Officers and soldiers of the ship will also visit a number of historical relic and tourism sites in HCM City.

The frigate has a crew of 199 officers and soldiers. This is its first visit to Việt Nam.