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Korean naval ships visit Vietnam

Sunday, September 08, 2019, 11:23 GMT+7
Korean naval ships visit Vietnam
The Republic of Korea Navy’s destroyer Moon Mu The Great and fast combat support ship ROKS Hwacheon at Tien Sa Port in Da Nang, central Vietnam, September 7, 2019. Photo: Ngo Quang

The Republic of Korea Navy’s destroyer Moon Mu The Great and fast combat support ship ROKS Hwacheon arrived at a port in central Vietnam on Saturday, beginning a three-day visit to the Southeast Asian country.  

The ships, carrying 633 officers and sailors, are led by Rear Admiral Yang Minsoo.

They are now docked at Tien Sa Port in central Da Nang City.

They will visit Da Nang authorities and the Vietnamese High Command of Naval Region 3, and participate in musical performances.

Their training cruise started in Jinhae, a naval town in South Korea, on August 28 and Vietnam is the first country they have visited so far.

The two ships will leave for Thailand after the Da Nang port call ends on Monday.

Their training objectives include providing knowledge for crew members and strengthening friendship with various countries through exchanges and cooperation.

The Moon Mu The Great is 150 meters long, weighs 5,550 metric tons, travels at 30 knots, and carries 298 crew members.

Except for an advanced radar system and other military equipment, the vessel is armed with a helicopter for reconnaissances, patrols, anti-submarine and anti-ship missions, and attacking land-based targets.

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