PANO – Three Russian Naval vessels led by Colonel Ahmerov Ildar docked in Ho Chi Minh City on the morning of April 6 th to start a 6-day visit to the City.
The three vessels include destroyer Admiral Tributs, logistics vessel Pechenga and escort ship MB-37 with some 500 crewmembers, which visited the City for the first time in 2001.
|Representatives of the Vietnam Navy High Command receive the Russian Naval delegation |
Representatives of the Vietnam Navy High Command, Military Zone 7, local authorities and the Russian General Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City received the crew.
At the reception, Colonel Ha Xuan Xu form the Vietnam Navy High Command warmly welcomed the Russian Naval delegation and wished the delegation a successful visit.
At a press conference held later in the seaport, Colonel Ahmerov Ildar expressed thanks to local military organisations and authorities for their warm reception.
He hoped that the visit would further strengthen the bilateral ties between the two Naval Forces.
|Destroyer Admiral Tributs |
He also said that the bilateral ties between the two Naval Forces saw new developments recently, especially in training and affirmed that the Russia Navy was ready to boost cooperation with their Vietnamese counterpart in combating piracy and maintaining security at sea.
Under the plan, the crew will lay flower wreaths at the President Ho Chi Minh Monument, pay a courtesy call to the City’s leaders, Military Zone 7 and the Naval High Command in the South.
In addition, the Russian crewmembers will have a number of activities and exchanges with local youths, such as friendly volleyball competitions with cadets of Naval Technical College, exchanges with students at Hong Bang University, at the Vietnam-Russia Friendship Union and visits to local landmarks.
According to Russian Naval officers, the three vessels have just finished their anti-pirate mission in Aden Bay over the last 3 months. Translated by Thu Nguyen