Two Japanese warships docked Tuesday at Cam Ranh Port in Khanh Hoa Province for a three-day visit.
The visit by the guided-missile destroyers Ariake and Setogiri with 500 officers and sailors on board is the first of its kind, according to the Japanese embassy in Hanoi.
The visit was first planned by Minister of Defense Phung Quang Thanh and his Japanese counterpart Gen Nakatani during the latter’s visit to Vietnam last November.
Among other things, the two destroyers are expected to participate in an exercise with the Vietnamese Navy, practicing drills for unplanned encounters, known as CUES.
Since Cam Ranh Port officially opened to foreign vessels on March 8, this is the second visit by warships from other countries following Singapore’s RSS Endurance, which came on March 17.
Two Japanese warships docked at Cam Ranh Bay on April 12, 2016. Photos: Nguyen Chung/Thanh Nien
Aboard one of the destroyers
The warship JS Ariake
A helicopter on board the JS Ariake
A torpedo on board the JS Ariake
A cannon on the JS Ariake
A missile system on the JS Ariake
Lifeboats on the JS Ariake
Officers and sailors from the two destroyers
Japanese and Vietnamese navy officers at the welcome ceremony on April 12, 2016