Vice Admiral Alexander P Pama of the Philippines visited Vietnam Tuesday as part of efforts to boost bilateral naval and national defense cooperation.
Vietnam's Ministry of National Defense said the visit is an important step in the countries' cooperation, heading to joint naval patrols, news website VnExpress reported.
Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, the deputy defence minister, said the countries' navies need to cooperate more in the future in military training, sharing information, and rescue operations.
Philippines has recently started to modernize its navy by acquiring new warships. It bought one from the US last year, which is currently the biggest Filipino warship, and plans to buy another one.
Both Vietnam and Philippines are signatories to the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) in 2002.