An Indian training vessel, the INS Sudarshini, will arrive in Da Nang City on December 31 to start a four-day friendship visit to Vietnam, Vietnam News Agency reported on Thursday (December 27).
It is part of a voyage that will take it to 13 ports in nine Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand to elevate cooperation between the India and the region, Ranjit Rae, Indian ambassador to Vietnam told local media in a press conference on the same day.
The ship, 54 meters long, is captained by Lieutenant Colonel N. Shyam Sundar and has a crew of five officers, 30 cadets and 31 sailors.
When the ship arrives in Vietnam, there will be a welcome ceremony at Tien Sa Port, followed by a welcome of the ship to Vietnamese officers on board, Quan Doi Nhan Dan reported on December 24.
Leaders from the INS Sudarshini will then meet with the 3rd Region Command of Vietnam People's Navy, 5th Regional Command of Vietnam People's Army and the Da Nang People's Committee.
Officers and sailors will participate in art and sporting activities with soldiers from the two military agencies, according to Quan Doi Nhan Dan.
This year marks the 40-year of diplomatic relations and a five-year strategic partnership between India and Vietnam.
Indian newspaper The Hindu reported in September that the six-month voyage of the vessel, which began that month, was part of the buildup to the 2012 ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit which took place last week.
State leaders from Vietnam and other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India met in New Delhi on December 20-21 to commemorate 20 years of diplomatic ties.
The conference aimed to boost the economic, political, security and socio-cultural cooperation among them.
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