The Hanoitimes - The Mistral-class amphibious assault ship Dixmude and La Fayette-class frigate FS Surcouf with 713 officers and sailors on board started their five-day visit to Ho Chi Minh City from June 1.
Two French naval ships docked at Ho Chi Minh City and a neighboring province on Friday, commencing a five-day visit to the southern metropolis. Due to the large tonnage, Dixmude docked at the nearby Ba Ria-Vung Tau port, while Surcouf stayed at the port of Ho Chi Minh City.
The visit of the French naval ships is part of activities to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam-France diplomatic ties and the five years of their Strategic Partnership.
During their stay, the officers will pay courtesy visits to leaders of the municipal People’s Committee, the Naval Region 2 Command, and the city’s Military High Command. Accordingly, the crew members will take part in exchanges and joint drill activities, as well as share their experience in fields of their common concern. They will also explore historical relic sites and natural landscapes in Ho Chi Minh City.
Dixmude and Surcouf are in a combat training mission named “Jeanne d’Arc”, which aims to enhance international cooperation and practical combat training. The mission is deployed annually by French Navy ships over a five-month period.