A flag-hoisting ceremony marking the official operation of two Vietnamese warfare ships was performed on Tuesday at Cam Ranh Military Port in Khanh Hoa, a coastal province in south-central Vietnam.
The two Gepard 3.9 frigates, which Vietnam commissioned Russia to produce, are 015-Tran Hung Dao and 016-Quang Trung, named after a revered military commander and emperor in Vietnamese history.
|Officials have a tour on one of the vessels on February 6, 2018 at Cam Ranh Port in Khanh Hoa Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
Rear Admiral Hoang Hong Ha and provincial leaders were present at the ceremony, over which Rear Admiral Pham Van Hoang presided.
The commanding officer and supervisory political officers responsible for national protection in the Naval Region 4 – a section of Vietnam’s waters that extend beyond the sea area of Khanh Hoa Province – have handed the flags of Vietnam and of the Vietnamese Navy to the crews of the vessels.
|The frigates’ crews and officials at the ceremony on February 6, 2018 at Cam Ranh Port in Khanh Hoa Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
This move symbolizes the commencement of operating the frigates for military training and fighting purposes.
The ceremony conveys an immense significance, underscoring the development of the Vietnamese Navy and the Naval Region 4 forces alike in creating a modern standing navy, according to Rear Admiral Hoanh.
He required the crews to master the ships’ features to make efficient and safe use of them.
|The ships’ representatives receive the national and Vietnamese Navy flags on February 6, 2018 at Cam Ranh Port in Khanh Hoa Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
|Delegates attend the flag-hoisting ceremony on February 6, 2018 at Cam Ranh Port in Khanh Hoa Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre|