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Canadian naval ships begin four-day visit to Vietnam

Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 09:54 GMT+7
Canadian naval ships begin four-day visit to Vietnam
Commander Jacob French, commanding officer of HMCS Regina, shakes hands with representatives of the Vietnamese navy in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa on June 10, 2019. Photo: Thai Thinh / Tuoi Tre

Two vessels of the Royal Canadian Navy arrived in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa on Monday, commencing their four-day visit to the Southeast Asian country.

Frigate HMCS Regina and Naval Replenishment Unit (NRU) Asterix docked at Cam Ranh International Seaport, located in the namesake city in Khanh Hoa Province, for the June 10 to 13 port call.

The crew members were welcomed by representatives of the Vietnamese navy’s 4th Regional Command and Khanh Hoa Department of External Relations.

This is an opportunity for the Canadian naval officers to interact with the local community and express their commitment to tighten the two countries’ partnership, said Commander Jacob French, commanding officer of HMCS Regina.

The highlight of the visit will be the joint activities between the Canadian officers and their Vietnamese counterparts, which are aimed at expanding and strengthening Canada’s relationships in the Asia-Pacific, the commander elaborated.

Deborah Paul, Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam, and the commanding officers of the two vessels pose for a photo. Photo: Thai Thinh / Tuoi Tre

Deborah Paul, Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam, and the commanding officers of the two vessels pose for a photo. Photo: Thai Thinh / Tuoi Tre

According to Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam Deborah Paul, this is the first time a ship of the Royal Canadian Navy has visited Cam Ranh Seaport.

The trip symbolizes the common interests of the two countries for regional security, and contributes to the enhancement of bilateral ties, the diplomat added.

It is also part of an exchange program of the Royal Canadian Navy in the Asia-Pacific, which is aimed at cementing the navy’s ties with its partners in the region via joint activities.

Frigate HMCS Regina docks at Cam Ranh International Seaport on June 10, 2019. Photo: Nguyen Hoai Anh / Tuoi Tre

Frigate HMCS Regina docks at Cam Ranh International Seaport on June 10, 2019. Photo: Nguyen Hoai Anh / Tuoi Tre

HMCS Regina is a Halifax-class frigate measuring 134 meters long and 16.5 meters wide.

It is one of the most advanced warships in the world, equipped with modern anti-submarine weapons, floating armories, and air-defense radar systems.

Measuring approximately 182 meters long with a displacement of 26,000 metric tons, NRU Asterix can carry approximately 10,497 cubic meters of marine diesel and up to 1,332 cubic meters of aviation fuel.

Naval Replenishment Unit (NRU) Asterix at Cam Ranh Port. Photo: Nguyen Hoai Anh / Tuoi Tre

Naval Replenishment Unit (NRU) Asterix at Cam Ranh Seaport. Photo: Nguyen Hoai Anh / Tuoi Tre

A helicopter on the HMCS Regina. Photo: Nguyen Hoai Anh / Tuoi Tre

A helicopter aboard the HMCS Regina. Photo: Nguyen Hoai Anh / Tuoi Tre

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