South Korean naval vessels dock in HCMC

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The Republic of Korea Navy Cruise Training Task Group arrived at the Saigon Port in Ho Chi Minh City Tuesday, beginning a three-day visit.

The group, commanded by RAdm Choi Yang-sun, includes a destroyer, ROKS Gang Gam-Chan and one fast combat support ship ROKS Chun Ji, with a total of 620 crew members, including 129 midshipmen.

During the visit, the group is expected to make courtesy calls on the High Command of Military Zone 7, the HCMC People's Committee and Southern Command of Navy, and play a friendly volleyball match with the students of Navy Technology School.

This is the sixth time the group has visited Vietnam since 1999.

Speaking at a press conference onboard th ship, Choi said Saigon Port was the first of 10 ports in 10 countries that his group will visit in their 95-day training program.

The other countries are Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Italy, France, Greece, India, Malaysia and Japan.

The training program aims to provide practical and systematic education onboard for midshipmen and help them widen their international perspective.

It also aims to build friendship with the countries visited.

The 5,500-ton ROKS Gang Gam Chan, commissioned for combat deployment in September 2007, is 149.5 m long and 17.4 m wide.

It is equipped with 127 mm guns, Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles, Korean-made Sea Star anti-ship missiles, torpedoes, and Lynx anti-submarine helicopters, with a crew of about 200.

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