Vietnam to Attend ASEAN-China Maritime Drill in October

September 18, 2018 (Google Translation) – Ship 015-Trần Hưng Đạo of the Vietnam Navy will participate in an ASEAN-China Maritime Drill at China’s Zhanjiang naval base from October 21-28, the People’s Army newspaper reported. From September 27 to October 6, the ship, led by Deputy Commander of Naval Region 4 Colonel Lê Hồng Chiến, will visit Yokosuka base and Sakai city of Osaka prefecture on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Việt Nam-Japan diplomatic ties. The activity is part of implementing the two countries’ joint vision…

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Regional Ties Strengthened As Exercise Kakadu Wraps Up In the Top End

September 13, 2018 – Exercise KAKADU 2018, Australia’s largest multilateral maritime and air exercise, drew to a close in Darwin today, after a fortnight of activities aimed at enhancing regional maritime security. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said KAKADU was a military highpoint for Australia as well as a significant diplomatic achievement, with this year’s exercise involving 23 ships, 21 aircraft, a submarine and 3000 personnel from 27 visiting nations. “The size and success of KAKADU is evidence of Australia’s growing reputation as a trusted and capable…

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ROKS Moonmu Daewang Visits Da Nang

September 11, 2018 – The Republic of Korea Navy’s destroyer anchored at Tien Sa port in Da Nang on September 11, beginning its four-day visit to the central city. Attending the welcome ceremony for Destroyer ROKS Moonmu Daewang included leaders of the High Command of Vietnam’s Naval Region 3, Defence Ministry’s Department of External Relations and Da Nang’s Military High Command, together with the ROK’s Ambassador to Vietnam Kim Do-hyun, and Defence Attaché Ryou Jae Guen. During their stay, the ship’s officers and crewmembers will pay courtesy visits to leaders…

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HMAS Toowoomba returns from seven-month deployment

September 2, 2018 – HMAS Toowoomba has returned to her homeport of Fleet Base West, Rockingham, Western Australia, after the ship’s longest deployment to date, successfully contributing to seven Task Groups in seven months. Commanding Officer, Commander Mitchell Livingstone, said Toowoomba achieved many milestones since February, supporting an extensive series of exercises, international engagements and training activities. “I’m extremely proud of my ship’s company and the professionalism they displayed over the course of this highly successful deployment,” Commander Livingstone said. “Toowoomba has participated in three exercises, the grueling Principal Warfare…

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Coast Guard Central to National Security

August 29, 2018 – National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân has described the Việt Nam Coast Guard as the core force protecting national security and maritime order and safety. Addressing a ceremony to mark 20 years of the Việt Nam Coast Guard in Hà Nội on Tuesday, the top legislator stressed the important role of Việt Nam’s seas and islands in national construction and defence. The Party and State consistently pursued a policy of protecting and developing the sea-based economy, she said. Citing the Maritime Strategy until 2020 and…

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17th SEACAT Exercise Kicks-Off with 9 Nations

August 28, 2018 – The 17th annual Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) exercise commenced Aug. 27 with nine partner nations in Singapore. The exercise focuses on increasing maritime domain awareness through collaborative and coordinated sharing of information toward ensuring a common understanding of what is going on in the maritime environment and how best to operate as an effective unified maritime force. SEACAT brings Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, U.S., Thailand and Vietnam together in a series of tailored seminars including a comprehensive…

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Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 concludes

The world’s largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 2 following more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in Rim of the Pacific exercise 2018. This year’s RIMPAC iteration marked the 26th in the series that began in 1971 and is now held every two years. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2018 was led by U.S. Vice Adm. John D. Alexander,…

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ASEAN, China joint maritime drill “important”: Philippine FM

August 7, 2018 (Xinhua) – The plan of China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to conduct a joint maritime exercise in the South China Sea “is very important” to the region, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Tuesday. “The exercise is important,” Cayetano told Xinhua at a press conference. “It’s very important that there are joint military exercises if only to prevent accidents and for military-to-military relations to grow so that we can talk to each other better,” Cayetano said. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign…

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US Navy Kicks Off 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. John C. Aquilino and Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. John D. Alexander announced June 29th the start of the world’s largest international maritime exercise, the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), scheduled through Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, more than 45 surface ships and submarines, 17 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are taking part in a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to…

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US Navy Announces 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 27 to Aug. 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the…

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USNS Mercy arrives in Vietnam for Pacific Partnership

Service members and partner nation personnel participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), arrived in Nha Trang, May 17. The mission in Nha Trang will continue through June 2 and feature U.S. and partner nation personnel working side-by-side with Vietnamese medical professionals, participating in civil engineering projects, conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) readiness drills, and partnering in community outreach engagements. This year’s Pacific Partnership mission in Nha Trang will be joined by personnel from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force embarked in JS…

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Visit of Indian Naval Ships to Vietnam

As part of ongoing operational deployment of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet ships to South East Asia and North West Pacific region, three Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shakti and Kamorta under the command of Rear Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet shall be making a port call at Tien Sa Port, Da Nang from 21-25 May 2018. During the visit, there would be professional interaction between personnel of both the navies, official calls and interaction with dignitaries of the Vietnamese Government. Visits by local populace, guided tours…

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USNS Mercy Departs Sri Lanka

Sailors participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) departed Trincomalee aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) May 9, bound for the mission’s fourth port visit in Nha Trang, Vietnam. “We’ve continued to build upon the partnerships we forged during prior Pacific Partnerships,” said Capt. David Bretz, PP18 mission commander. “The teamwork I saw between the Sri Lankans and all of our partner nations gives me great confidence that as we leave here we are all better prepared to respond to potential disasters.” While in port, Sailors from…

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Royal Australian Navy Ships visit Vietnam

HMA Ships Anzac, Toowoomba and Success have completed a port visit to Vietnam, as part of a three month South East Asia deployment. During the port visit to Ho Chi Minh City, Anzac, Toowoomba and Success conducted a logistic resupply and local engagement with Vietnam People’s Armed Forces and local government officials. Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, said Anzac, Toowoomba and Success’ deployment provided an opportunity to continue to build a working relationship with Vietnamese counterparts and engagement with Australia’s ASEAN partners. “I am particularly pleased that…

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United States Transfers Six Metal Shark Patrol Boats to Vietnam

The bilateral partnership between the United States and Vietnam continues to reach new heights—with the back-to-back U.S. presidential visits to Vietnam from President Obama in 2016 and President Trump in 2017, a visit by the top U.S. defense official, Secretary of Defense James Mattis in January 2018, the historic U.S. Navy aircraft carrier—USS Carl Vinson—visit at the beginning of this month, and now the inaugural visit of Vice Admiral Fred M. Midgette, commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions within half of the world that ranges from the waterways within…

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