Indian warship brings oxygen to help Vietnam save lives
Oct 01, 2021 / 16:33
UK Royal navy ship HMS Richmond visits Viet Nam
The visit comes on the 10th anniversary of UK – Viet Nam defense cooperation and just two months after the first-ever visit to Vietnam by the UK Secretary of State for Defence in July.
British Royal Navy ship HMS Richmond docked at Cam Ranh International Port, Khanh Hoa province today, starting its four-day visit to Viet Nam for bilateral cooperation activities.
The ship's presence underlines the UK's commitment to the Indo-Pacific, at the heart of which lies the UK's partnership with Viet Nam, according to statement released by the British Embassy in Hanoi.
Captain Hugh Botterill, HMS Richmond’s Commanding Officer shared his delightfulness joining the trip. “Our role is to demonstrate the UK’s commitment to a persistent and reliable presence in the Indo-Pacific, including crucial regional partners like Viet Nam with whom we have numerous shared interests. These include maritime security, sustainable development, climate change and a desire to see mutual economic growth”, the British captain stressed.
Meanwhile, British Ambassador to Viet Nam, Gareth Ward highlighted that the UK and Viet Nam are both maritime nations and value freedom of navigation, based on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
“During my term as British Ambassador, this is the 3rd visit by a Royal Navy Ship to Viet Nam. HMS Richmond’s visit reaffirms the UK's Indo-Pacific tilt and our commitment towards expanding defence relationships with key partners in the region”, he noted.
The ambassador mentioned the visit of the UK Defence Secretary to Viet Nam in July, affirming that the two countries will deepen their defence cooperation further. “Later in 2021, we will hold our 4th annual bilateral Defence Policy Dialogue. We recognise the importance of maritime security in the Indo-Pacific and the need to contribute to UN peacekeeping for global peace and security,” Gareth said.
Present at the welcome ceremony on 1 October were representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs of Khanh Hoa Province, Navy Region 4, Border Guard, CamRanh International Port and the British Embassy Hanoi. Group Captain Bea Walcot, the UK Defence Attaché to Viet Nam presented the Nha Trang Naval Academy English language training material. This is an activity under the Defence Cooperation Agreement between Viet Nam and the United Kingdom.
This visit of HMS Richmond is part of a broader campaign of the Royal Navy in 2021 for the Indo-Pacific region, which is part of the UK's commitment to peacebuilding, maritime security, and regional prosperity.
There were three other ships coming to Vietnam before HMS Richmond (2021), namely HMS Daring (2013), HMS Albion (2018), and HMS Enterprise (2020). The HMS Richmond is a Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy, launched in 1993. "She has a crew of 193 officers and can operate in almost any maritime role anywhere in the world and undertake virtually every type of operation imaginable, from counter-narcotics and anti-piracy to disrupting people trafficking and detaining criminals. She is 133 metres long with a displacement of 4812 tonnes", according to the UK Royal Navy.
Some photos of the ship during the visit to Vietnam:
|The ship docks at Cam Ranh International Port, Khanh Hoa province today, starting its four-day visit to Vietnam. The ship is 133 metres long with a displacement of 4812 tonnes|
- Overseas Vietnamese eagerly await Tet and spring
- Vietnam holds 1st International Arms Expo
- “Dien Bien Phu in the air” – the depiction of faith and resolution to victory
- Militia competition 2022 opens in Hanoi
- World Meteorological Organization removes Nine-dash line after Vietnam’s protest
- Vietnam calls for restraint on Taiwan Strait
- Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group operates in South China Sea
- India naval ships visit Vietnam
- Vietnam protests China military exercises in South China Sea
- US naval ship arrives in Vietnam for largest humanitarian mission in Indo-Pacific
Vietnam spends US$9 billion on oil imports in 2022
Hanoi makes people and businesses the center of digitalization
Tet in the eyes of foreigners in Hanoi
Hanoians show passion for flowers
Vietnam’s tourism forecast to strongly rebound in five years
Admiring 2,023 feline statuettes made by Hanoi artist
Overseas Vietnamese eagerly await Tet and spring
Switzerland to support Vietnam’s transition to green economy
Foreign ambassadors experience Vietnamese Tet in Duong Lam Village