Indo-Pacific Endeavour Joint Task Force returns to Australia

May 26, 2019 – The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force has returned to Australia following a three-month regional engagement mission to South and South East Asia. The flagship HMAS Canberra will anchor off Darwin tomorrow, having visited seven nations since March 2019 during the third IPE iteration since its inception in 2017. Chief of Joint Operations, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, said this third iteration of IPE was one of the most ambitious regional engagement activities undertaken by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). “With four ships and various…

Read More

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…

Read More

Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 Task Force deepens ties with Vietnam

May 7, 2019 – The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force is continuing its international engagement activities with the arrival of two ships in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. HMA Ships Canberra and Newcastle’s port call follows the recent signing in November of the Joint Vision Statement on enhancing defense cooperation with Vietnam, and upgrading of the bilateral relationship to a strategic partnership in March 2018. These developments reflect the strength of the Australia-Vietnam relationship and our commitment to cooperating on areas of mutual interest. Commander of the IPE…

Read More

China-Southeast Asian countries joint naval exercise

A total of 13 naval vessels from China and Southeast Asian countries including Thailand, Brunei, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, steam in formation in the waters off Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, during the maritime maneuver phase of the China-Southeast Asian countries joint naval exercise on April 26, 2019. The three-day joint naval exercise, which concluded on April 27, focused on such subjects as formation maneuver, visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS), joint search and rescue and other 5 operations. Photos by Pu Haiyang.

Read More

Indian Coast Guard ship makes port call to Vietnam

April 1, 2019 – An Indian Coast Guard ship has arrived in Vietnam for a four-day visit, with a major activity being a search and rescue exercise jointly carried out with local coast guard forces. VIJIT ship sailed into Tien Sa Port in central Da Nang on Monday, beginning a port call that lasts until Thursday. This visit is meant to foster the ties between the Indian Coast Guard and the Vietnam Coast Guard. It is the fourth time that an Indian Coast Guard vessel has been to Da Nang…

Read More

Vietnamese Warship at LIMA 2019

March 26, 2019 – A Vietnamese warship docked in Malaysia Monday for an international maritime and aerospace exhibition and a joint naval exercise with ASEAN countries. The Gepard-class frigate HQ-012 Ly Thai To, built by Russia with advanced military equipment, docked at Langkawi Bay, northeast of Malaysia, after a long voyage of over 2,000 kilometers to join the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition, which takes place from March 26 to 31, the Hai Quan (Navy) newspaper reported. The frigate will join an international parade and a maritime exercise…

Read More

Vietnam opposes China’s illegal observatory move

November 9, 2018 – China’s recent move to put into use observatories, that were built on structures it illegally constructed and renovated in the Trường Sa (Spratly) archipelago, seriously violates Việt Nam’s sovereignty over the islands, said spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lê Thị Thu Hằng. Hằng was responding to queries on Việt Nam’s response to China beginning to operate observatories on several structures in the Trường Sa archipelago at a foreign ministry press conference in Hà Nội yesterday. “Việt Nam has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence…

Read More

National Assembly Discusses Coast Guard’s Role

November 6, 2018 – In an afternoon session, the National Assembly discussed the draft Law on Vietnamese Coast Guard, which defines the force’s mission as to fight criminal activities, ensure safety and support fishermen. The Vietnamese Coast Guard will also play a role in protecting the country’s sovereignty and uphold order within the country’s maritime territory. Deputy Bố Thị Xuân Linh said for the last 20 years, the Vietnamese Coast Guard has shown dedication in fulfilling its mission at sea. The force also enjoys widespread recognition within the regional and…

Read More

INS Rana Visited Ho Chi Minh City

September 27, 2018 – Destroyer INS Rana of the Indian navy with 360 officers and crew members on board under the command of Colonel Atul Deswal anchored at Sai Gon Port in Ho Chi Minh City on September 27, beginning a four-day friendship visit. Colonel Atul Deswal said the visit is one of activities in the framework of defence cooperation between India and Vietnam. The two sides will take the occasion to exchange experience in training, communications and operation. The naval forces of Vietnam and India have worked together in…

Read More

High level meeting between Indian and Vietnamese Coast Guards

October 1, 2018 – A High Level Meeting between Coast Guards of India and Vietnam was held at Coast Guard Headquarters here today under the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2015. Director General Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Shri Rajendra Singhled the Indian side while Commandant, Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) Major General Nguyen VanSonled a six member Vietnamese side. During the meeting both sides agreed to strengthen mutual cooperation in accordance with the provisions of MoU. Sharing of best management practices and augmenting operational level interaction were…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More