The Hanoitimes - The ship visit is part of the ongoing operational deployment of the Indian Navy in South East Asia.
Two Indian Navy ships, INS KOLKATA and INS SHAKTI under the command of Captain Aditya Hara, Commanding Officer INS Kolkata, will be making a port call at Cam Ranh International Port from April 13 to 16.
During the visit, there will be professional interaction between personnel of both the navies, official calls and interaction with dignitaries of the Vietnamese government, guided tours for Indian Naval personnel and sports events.
Indian Navy Ships, INS KOLKATA.
On completion of the harbor phase, both Indian Navy and Vietnam Peoples’ Navy would be undertaking exercises. Visits to ship will be organized for friends of India in Khanh Hoa province.
The current visit seeks to enhance maritime cooperation between the two Navies and will further bolster the strong bonds of friendship between the two countries and contribute to security and stability in the region and the world at large.
Indian Coast Guard ship ICGS VIJIT had paid a port call to Da Nang from April 1 to 4.
India - Vietnam relations have grown stronger in recent years due to a vibrant economic engagement and growing convergence on political, regional and security issues.
In 2016, during the official visit of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to Vietnam, the relations between the two countries were elevated to the level of “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership”. In 2017, both countries celebrated the 45th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of the strategic partnership.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited India in January 2018 as a guest of honor at the Republic Day Parade 2018 and to take part in the ASEAN - India Commemorative Summit.
Defense cooperation is a vital component of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries. The Indian Navy has extensive interactions with the Vietnam People’s Navy, particularly in the field of training, repair, maintenance and logistics support aimed at capacity building.
There is growing convergence between India and Vietnam on various regional and international issues. Both nations are committed to building of a peaceful and prosperous Asia and the Indo-Pacific region on the basis of respect for national sovereignty and international law as well as freedom of navigation, overflight and unimpeded economic activities.