Thuyền Nội của Hải quân Việt Nam Tham dự Hội chợ LIMA 2023 tại Malaysia

The 16th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2023 in Malaysia has seen an impressive international naval turnout, with 20 ships from Naval Region 3's Brigade 172 joining vessels from 11 other nations.

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Vietnamese Naval Vessel Attends LIMA 2023 in Malaysia
At the ship parade at the 16th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition. Photo: qdnd

The ship and working delegation, led by Rear Admiral Pham Nhu Xuan—Deputy Commander of the Navy—participated in a variety of activities, including a display of naval vessels, a ship parade, and LIMA exercises at sea. Additionally, they held meetings with the Malaysian Navy and Ministry of Defence to discuss cooperation and collaboration between the two forces.

The delegation also visited the Centre for Maritime Excellence and the Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN) Admiral Abdul Rahim Nasution Base, observing the RMN’s training and combat readiness. It was a great opportunity for the participants to learn about the Malaysian Navy’s modern ships and facilities, as well as to gain a better understanding of the country’s maritime security strategy.

Overall, the visit was a great success, with the Vietnamese Navy strengthening their ties with the Malaysian Navy and furthering their partnership.

This is the third time the Vietnam People’s Navy has sent its ships to LIMA, Peru, following visits in 2017 and 2019.

The LIMA 2023 event, which took place from May 23-27, garnered an outstanding turnout of more than 1,200 defence firms from around the globe. Additionally, 119 static and aerobatic airplanes and 40 sea vessels were present at the event, firmly establishing it as the largest of its kind in history.

Vietnamese Naval Vessel Attends LIMA 2023 in Malaysia
The Vietnamese delegation is led by Rear Admiral Pham Nhu Xuan, Deputy Commander of the Navy. Photo: qdnd
Vietnamese Naval Vessel Attends LIMA 2023 in Malaysia
A roundtable talk at the the 16th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition. Photo: qdnd

First launched in 1991, the biennial Maritime and Aerospace Industries Forum is a platform for various forums within these industries, bringing together representatives of associated sectors, as well as officials and decision-makers from a variety of countries. Through this event, industry participants have the unique opportunity to discuss the challenges and explore the opportunities that the maritime and aerospace industries present. By exchanging ideas and sharing best practices, the forum serves as a great platform for innovation and collaboration, allowing for progress and growth within the industries.

Malaysian Defence Minister Mohamad Hasan has expressed his enthusiasm surrounding the participation of LIMA’23, noting that it provides an invaluable opportunity for companies from both domestic and international locations to demonstrate their technology, weapons, and other assets, as reported by the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama).

Vietnamese Naval Vessel Attends LIMA 2023 in Malaysia
Ship 20 of the Naval Region 3’s Brigade 172. Photo: qdnd

There were 119 mesmerizing static and aerobatic airplanes and an impressive 40 sea vessels from around the world, including one from Vietnam, on display for public viewing.

Vietnamese Naval Vessel Attends LIMA 2023 in Malaysia
An activity within the 16th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition. Photo: VNA

The Malaysian Defence Ministry announced on May 26th that it had signed 43 agreements worth RM10.1 billion (USD2.2 billion) with its partners during the event this year. The agreements are expected to significantly boost the country’s defence capabilities and strengthen its security. The deals will also enable Malaysia to acquire advanced defence technologies and equipment from its partners, including European and American firms. With the signing of these agreements, the Malaysian Defence Ministry has taken a major step forward in its efforts to develop and modernize its defence capabilities.

The Ministry of Defence recently announced the acquisition of 18 FA-50 light attack aircraft from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), as well as four units of Sikorsky’s Black Hawk helicopters to be leased from Malaysian firm Aerotree Defence and Services. This was confirmed in an official statement released by the Ministry.

Rosy Huong