US naval ships to visit Vietnam for annual exchange activities

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Two US Navy ships will dock in the central city of Da Nang next week for annual exchange activities between the two countries’ navies, according to the US consulate general in Ho Chi Minh City.
The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald and a littoral combat ship will arrive April 6 for the sixth Naval Engagement Activity (NEA).

The USS Fitzgerald. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.
The five-day event comes at a time the two countries will celebrate the 20th anniversary of normalized diplomatic relations.
NEA Vietnam focuses on non-combatant professional exchanges in military medicine, search and rescue, diving and salvage and shipboard damage control.
On March 31 the US's Pacific Air Forces invited Vietnamese journalists aboard a Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft parked in an airport in Da Nang after finishing humanitarian assistance operations from March 24 to 30 in the central province of Quang Ngai.
The aircraft had landed in Da Nang en route to the US.

A US air force C-130 Hercules aircraft parked in an airport in Da Nang on March 31.
In Quang Ngai it had taken part in the US$1.4-million Operation Pacific Angel (PACANGEL), which included general health, dental, optometry, paediatrics, and engineering programs as well as various subject-matter expert exchanges.
Some 75 US military members were joined by local NGOs and Vietnamese military forces in the mission.
It was for the fifth time that PACANGEL was undertaken in Vietnam and the first time in Quang Ngai, authorities said.
The mission also saw the setting up of a $463,000 natural disaster center in the province.

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