Indian warship in Vietnam on friendly visit

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Indian warship INS Airavat docked at the central region's military port in Nha Trang Tuesday, starting a ten-day visit to Vietnam.

 

The captain and crew of the aircraft carrier will meet with leaders of Khanh Hoa Province government and offer flowers at the statute of Tran Hung Dao, the Supreme Commander who led Vietnam to victory in the Battle of Bach Dang in 1288 over the naval fleet of China's Yuan Dynasty, the Tien Phong said in a report Wednesday.

 

They will also join in friendly sports matches with Vietnamese naval officers and soldiers based in Khanh Hoa.

 

INS Airavat started her sea trials in July 2008 and was commissioned in May 2009. The 5,650 ton vessel carries 206 officers and soldiers.

 

It will head to the northern port city of Hai Phong on Friday, the report said.

 

The visit is part of exchange activities between the Vietnamese and Indian Naval forces, which aims to strengthen the long-standing ties of friendship and strategic partnership between the two countries, it said.

 

In May 2011, Indian destroyer INS Delhi and the missile escort vessel INS Kirch docked at the Nha Rong Port in Ho Chi Minh City for a friendly visit.

 

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