The HMNZS Te Mana, member of the Royal New Zealand Navy fleet, arrived in Vietnam for a six-day stay on April 24
Royal New Zealand Navy frigate the HMNZS Te Mana is wrapping up its Ho Chi Minh City visit Tuesday after a six-day stay in the southern economic hub.
Lao Dong (Labor) newspaper quoted New Zealand ambassador to Vietnam Haike Manning as saying that the visits of New Zealand naval ships to Vietnam are aimed at boosting cooperation efforts between the two nations on national defense issues.
The crew including 25 officers and 145 sailors participated in several activities such as friendly sports competitions with students from Vietnam's Naval Technical School, and met with Vietnamese naval officials to share experiences.
They also met with leaders from the Military Zone 7and the Naval Zone 2 Command, as well as the HCMC municipal government and participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Ho Chi Minh monument in the city.
The crew also visited HCMC's Ba Chieu Home, which houses disadvantaged and homeless girls; and the New Zealand-based ACG International School Vietnam, according to news reports.
The arrival of the HMNZS Te Mana, which docked in HCMC on April 24, marked the fifth time a vessel from the New Zealand Navy has visited Vietnam.
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