U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Scott H. Swift and Lieutenant General John A. Toolan, the head of Marine Corps Forces Pacific are in Vietnam this week to "explore ways to bring naval forces together," according to the Vietnam News Agency.
The commanding generals are on a three day trip from March 17-19, during which they met Rear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam, the Commander of the Vietnam People's Navy, as well as senior officials in the cities of Hanoi and Hai Phong.
According to a press release issued Friday by the US Embassy in Hanoi, as the first joint visit to Vietnam by both US Navy and Marine Corps commanders in the Pacific for many decades, this trip is an excellent opportunity to hold bilateral meetings and explore ways to bring naval forces together more often during ship visits and exchanges.
“Our naval forces share a commitment to a rules-based international order, and to maritime security and stability in ways that benefit the rising prosperity of all regional countries," Admiral Scott H. Swift was quoted as saying.
The visit underscores a deepening bilateral naval relationship as part of the US-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership and the Joint Vision Statement on Defence Relations.
Each year, US and Vietnamese naval forces interact regularly during staff talks, port visits and professional exchanges like the Pacific Partnership mission and bilateral Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) held in the central city of Da Nang.
These bilaterally and multilaterally interactions have helped strengthen professional relationships, build mutual confidence, and demonstrate a shared commitment to regional maritime security, peace and stability.