Three ships of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet will be making a port call at Danang, Vietnam in an effort aimed at improving bilateral relations
The Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet is currently undergoing operational deployments in South East Asia and North West Pacific Region. Three ships, Sahyadri, Shakti and Kamorta, under the command of Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet, RAdm. Dinesh Kumar Tripathi, will be making a port call from May 21 to May 25 at Tien Sa Port, Danang, Vietnam.
The visit would entail professional interactions between the personnel of both navies including official calls and interactions with dignitaries of the government of Vietnam. The two navies have also planned visits by the local populace, guided tours for Indian naval personnel, sports events, and even a band concert by the Indian Navy band. Upon completion of the harbour phase, both navies would be undertaking an exercise.
India’s bilateral relations with Vietnam include strong bonds of friendship based on cultural, religious, and economic ties dating back to 2nd century AD. The influence of the Indian civilisation on Vietnam involves a deep-rooted historical linkage between the two countries. Indo-Vietnam relations have further solidified in the recent years owing to a vibrant economic relationship and a growing convergence on security issues. Vietnam’s Prime Minister, HE Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited India in January this year as a guest for the Republic Day and for the ASEAN-India Commemorative. The Vietnam President HE Tran Dai Quang also came to India on a State visit in March 2018.
A vital part of the comprehensive strategic partnership between India and Vietnam is defence cooperation. The Indian defence minister is scheduled to visit Vietnam in June 2018 while the Chief of General Staff of Vietnam People’s Army along with the Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnam People’s Navy are scheduled to visit India later this year.