Three Indian naval ships, comprising the frigate Ins Sahyadry, the fleet tanker Ins Shakti and the anti-submarine stealth corvette Ins Kamorta, with a total of more than 900 officers and crew members aboard, arrived in Tien Sa Port on 21 May at the start of their five-day courtesy visit to the city. On the same day, Da Nang People’s Committee Vice Chairman Ho Ky Minh met the ships’ chief officers led by Rear Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi, flag officer commanding of the Eastern Fleet.
Rear Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi expressed his gratitude for the warm affection given to the Indian visitors by the city’s leaders and people. He said that diplomatic ties between Viet Nam and India were established a long time ago and the bilateral relationships have developed strongly in recent years, most notably since the elevation of the Strategic Partnership of the two countries to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership on the official visit to Viet Nam in 2016 by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He added that Viet Nam and India have boosted defence cooperation as a vital component of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the two countries.
The Rear Admiral also expressed his hope that the visit would contribute to strengthening bilateral friendship cooperation, intensifying mutual understanding and trust between Viet Nam and India, and the two naval forces in particular, as well as enhancing the Viet Nam-India traditional friendship.
Vice Chairman Ho Ky Minh expressed his delight at the fruitful results from the numerous bilateral cooperative programmes between Da Nang and Indian localities and organisations, most notably the support of the Indian Government for the effective operation of the Viet Nam–India English Training Centre (VICELT) in Da Nang. The city attracted 5 Indian-funded FDI projects totalling 14 million USD. The host asked the Indian ambassador to continue his efforts to promote the opening of direct flights between Da Nang and some Indian localities.
The host said he believed that the visit would help to deepen the friendly cooperation between the two countries. In addition, it would be a good opportunity to introduce and publicise Da Nang’s images to Indian people and contribute to attracting investments from this country.
It is scheduled that the visiting guests will have sport exchanges with their colleagues from the Navy Force Zone No 3 and students from the University of Da Nang, music performance as well as conduct joint maritime exercises during the five-day friendly visit.