Vietnamese Ship Visits Singapore in Show of Friendship

The strengthening of the friendship and collaboration between Vietnam and Singapore's navies is set to receive a boost following the successful completion of the voyage.

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Sailing Ship 286-Le Quy Don of the Vietnam Naval Academy departed from the Nha Trang military port in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa on October 4. The journey is part of a friendly visit to Singapore to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the countries’ diplomatic relations (1973-2023) and the 10th anniversary of their strategic partnership (2013-2023), according to VNA.

The voyage serves as a training session for trainees to practice sea navigation, use weapons and equipment, and handle real-life situations, among other activities.

Sailing Ship 286-Le Quy Don of the Vietnam Naval Academy left the Nha Trang military port in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa on October 4. Photo: VNA
Sailing Ship 286-Le Quy Don of the Vietnam Naval Academy left the Nha Trang military port in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa on October 4.

The Vietnamese delegation, led by Deputy Political Commissar of the Vietnam Naval Academy Colonel Bui Duy Thong, will visit the Singapore Navy Command, host a party and musical event on board, engage in cultural and sports exchanges with the Singapore Navy, and tour historical and cultural landmarks in Singapore. The aim of this trip is to strengthen the friendship, cooperation, mutual understanding, and trust between the military and naval forces of Vietnam and Singapore. It also aims to enhance the two navies’ ability to coordinate in addressing common maritime security challenges, contributing to peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region.

Source: baohaiquanvietnam.vn

According to Rear Admiral Nguyen Van Lam, President of Vietnam Naval Academy, this is the fifth time that Sailing Vessel 286 – Le Quy Don and the academy’s mission have visited and exchanged with regional navies and conducted sea training.

Rear Admiral Nguyen Van Lam added that the voyage also provides an opportunity for the academy’s cadres and cadets to enhance their stance, capabilities, and skills in handling situations at sea, contributing to the improvement of training quality to meet the requirements of the new situation.

Previously, the working group organized an incense-offering ceremony to commemorate the Monument of Hung Dao Vuong Tran Quoc Tuan at Bach Dang Park (Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa province).

In 2019, the vessel, coded HQ-286 Le Quy Don, with naval officers, sailors, and last-year students from the Vietnam Naval Academy onboard also visited Singapore.

The sailing ship was designed by Poland’s Choren Design & Consulting and built by Marine Projects in 2014. It was launched on June 1, 2015.

Hannah Nguyen