PANO - The Vendemiaire, a French frigate, commanded by Commander Jean Christophe Olieric, with 91 crewmembers on board, anchored at HCM City Port on March 23rd, starting her five-day goodwill visit to HCM City.
Representatives from Vietnam Naval Command, HCM City External Affairs Department, Command of Military Zone 7, and French Consulate General in HCM City, received the visiting delegation.
At the reception, French Commander thanked the host for warmly welcome.
During their five-day stay in HCM City, the French delegation will lay a wreath at Statue of President Ho Chi Minh, pay a courtesy visit to leaders of HCM City People’s Committee, Command of Military Zone 7 and the Naval Command.
Besides, French crewmembers will have a friendly volleyball match with cadets of the Naval Technology School and contemplate some landscapes around HCM City.
This visit of French naval officers and soldiers to Vietnam will contribute to consolidating and strengthening the friendship between Vietnam and France in general, and between the two armies, in particular, in accordance with the guideline on building faithful partnership in the 21 st century, which was approved by senior leaders of the two countries.
This is the fourth visit of the Vendemiaire to Vietnam. After her visit to HCM City, she will head for Cambodia on March 27.
The Vendemiaire is among five French warships of the same class of the French Navy. She defends France’s sovereignty over different territorial waters. She is of 2,950 tons, 93.5m long and 14m wide with the water-line of 4.4m, and equipped with a helicopter and various modern weapons.
Translated by Mai Huong