Three destroyers from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force arrived in the northern city of Hai Phong Friday, starting their five-day stay there, the Vietnam News Agency reported
The Japanese delegation of 600 officers and crewmen will meet with city officials, leaders of the Vietnamese Navy's High Command and representatives from Hai Phong Military Headquarters, as well as other forces, the report said.
While in Vietnam, the Japanese visitors will take part in other exchange activities and visit several famous sites in the city, along with Ha Long Bay and Hanoi, it added.
According to the VNA, the trip aims to enhance mutual understanding between Japan and Vietnam and how their friendship can contribute to the stabilization of the East Sea and other regional situations.
The JS Hamagiri, JS Sawayuki, and JS Asayuki destroyers, which weigh 3,000 tons each, are equipped with short-range missiles and torpedoes among other weapons, it said.
In November of last year the Japanese Navy also sent two ships to visit the central city of Da Nang, according to the report.
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