October 30, 2019 – Indian naval ship, INS Sahyadri, under the command of Capt Ashwin Arvind, docked at the central city’s Tien Sa Port on Tuesday, starting a three-day friendly visit from October 29 to November 1.
The ship’s visit is part of ongoing operational deployment of the Indian Navy to Southeast Asia, and there will be professional interaction between personnel of both navies including tours and sports events.
India-Viet Nam relations have grown stronger in recent years due to a vibrant economic engagement and growing convergence on political, regional and security issues.
In 2016, during the official visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Viet Nam, the relations between the two countries were elevated to the level of ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’.
The Indian Navy has extensive interactions with the Viet Nam People’s Navy, particularly in the field of training, repairs, maintenance and logistics support aimed at capacity building.
In April, Indian Coast Guard ship, ICGS Vijit also paid a port call to Đa Nang and two Indian naval ships, Ins Kolkata and Ins Shakti paid a port call to Cam Ranh International Port in Khanh Hoa Province.
Last year, three Indian naval ships – frigate Sahyadri, fleet tanker Shakti and anti-submarine stealth corvette Kamorta – took a four-day friendly visit at Đa Nang City.
A farewell ceremony will take place at Tien Sa Port on Friday.
In 2018, the Indian ambassador to Viet Nam, Parvathaneni Harish, planted a Bodhi tree taken from Bodhi Gaya, a Buddhist pilgrimage site in India, in the annual Quan The Am (Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva) festival – the city’s biggest Buddhism festival – at Quan The Am Pagoda, and series of cultural programs were held to mark the 46th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.