Present at the welcoming ceremony for the Canadian crewmembers were representatives from the Naval Region 3 Command, the Department of Foreign Relations under the Ministry of National Defense, Office of the Military Region 5 Command, and the Border Guard Command, Military Command and Department of External Affairs of Da Nang city and the Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam Robert Bissett.

Commander Blair Saltel, Commanding Officer of the HMCS Calgary, said that the Canadian crewmembers are eager to visit Vietnam - a country famous for hospitability and a reliable partner of Canada in Southeast Asia. The visit is to boost cooperation with local community and realize Canada’s commitment to be a reliable partner of Vietnam.

According to the Canadian officer, the highlight of this visit will be a joint exercise at sea with ships of the Vietnam People’s Navy in order to expand and promote the defense cooperation between Canada and other countries in the region.

During their stay in Da Nang, the Canadian crewmembers will exchange with children exposed to Agent Orange/Dioxin and children with disabilities, have a friendly football match with their peers from Naval Region 3 and a language exchange with students of Phan Chau Trinh High School as well as introduce Canadian technologies to Vietnamese trade partners.

The visit is part of activities in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-Canada diplomatic ties and to boost close ties between the two countries.

PANO would like to introduce several images of the welcoming ceremony.

The HMCS Calgary has a displacement of 4,795 tons, length of 134m and width of 16m.

The Halifax-class frigate docks at Tien Sa port

The MV Asterix at TienSa port

The welcome ceremony for the Canadian officers and sailors

A representative from Naval Region 3 presents flowers to Commander Blair Saltel

The hosts and guests in a joint photo

Source: PANO/Vnexpress

Translated by Mai Huong