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​Indian Navy’s vessels start goodwill visit to Vietnam

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 10:24 GMT+7

Two Indian naval vessels have arrived in the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong to begin their one-week friendly visit.

Frigate INS Satpura and corvette INS Kadmatt carrying over 600 officers from the Indian Navy, led by Captain Rahul Shankar, docked at Hai Phong Port on Saturday morning.

During their stay in the Vietnamese city from September 23 to 29, the Indian commanders and officers are slated to meet leaders of the Vietnam People’s Navy and the municipal People’s Committee.

They will also participate in friendly sports competitions with their Vietnamese counterparts and pay a visit to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular travel destination in northern Quang Ninh Province, and Hanoi.

A joint maritime exercise will also be organized for the two countries’ naval forces.

Representatives from the Vietnam People’s Navy welcome the Indian delegation at the port. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Representatives from the Vietnam People’s Navy welcome the Indian delegation at the port. Photo: Tuoi Tre

This visit is aimed at enhancing the Vietnam-India cooperation, friendship, trust and understanding.

It is also to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the two nations’ diplomatic ties and their 10 years of strategic partnership.

Within the framework of the trip, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VICC) and the Embassy of India in the Southeast Asian country will hold a conference on collaboration in the shipbuilding industry between the two nations.

The INS Satpura is a Shivalik-class stealth multi-role frigate, measuring 142.5 meters long, 16.9 meters wide and weighing 6,200 metric tons.

The INS Kadmatt is the second of four anti-submarine warfare corvettes built for the Indian Navy, which is 109 meters long, 12.8 meters wide, and has a displacement of 3,300 metric tons.

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