March 16, 2017 | 19:09 (GMT+7)
Vietnamese warship first-ever participates in LIMA
PANO - Gepard-class 3.9 Frigate 011 - Dinh Tien Hoang of Vietnam on March 15 afternoon headed for Malaysia to participate in the 2017 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA 2017). This is the first time Vietnam has sent its naval ship to such an event scheduled from March 21 to 25 in Langkawi, Malaysia.
Gepard-class 3.9 Frigate 011 - Dinh Tien Hoang captained by Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Quang Huy leaving Cam Ranh Military Port for Malaysia
On board the frigate are 140 officers and sailors, headed by Senior Colonel Nguyen Dinh Hung, Deputy Commander of Naval Region 4.
The dispatch of a warship to LIMA demonstrates the Vietnamese Party’s, State’s and Army’s determination and consistent viewpoint on international integration and cooperation, and at the same time contributes to ensuring maritime security and safety in the region and the world as a whole.
It also shows the good will of Vietnam to boost its ties with the Malaysian Army and Navy, and its support for events held by the Malaysian Navy. Vietnam’s participation in the event also helps enhance its friendly ties with ASEAN and regional navies.
As part of the trip, the 011 - Dinh Tien Hoang will conduct several missions, including long voyage training, patrolling along the waters and continental shelf in the South, inspecting conditions of weapons and equipment, improving command capabilities and combat readiness posture at sea of officers on board the ship, creating opportunity for officers and sailors to exchange and learn experiences from their regional peers and to promote coordination with other foreign navies.
As scheduled, the Vietnamese warship will join a ship parade and a LIMA 2017 sea exercise in ship formation for photos taken, rescuing people in distress at sea, providing logistics at sea and other activities.
Since 1991, this biennial event has been exhibiting aerospace and maritime applications in military, civil and commercial fields. It has attracted the participation of an increasing number of countries and civilian companies. In 2015, 512 businesses from 36 countries participated in the event. This year, the organizing board is expected to welcome 550 companies from 38 countries.
Reported by Ngoc Hung
Translated by Mai Huong