Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr. (L), Commander of the United States Pacific Fleet, and Da Nang City’s mayor Van Huu Chien during a meeting on December 17. Photo credit: baodanang.vn
Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., Commander of the United States Pacific Fleet, paid a visit to the central city of Da Nang during his Vietnam visit to boost Vietnam-U.S. naval cooperation in 2015.
He visited a naval facility in Da Nang and met with leaders of the municipal government.
Admiral Harris and Vietnamese officials discussed the planned Pacific Partnership and the Naval Engagement Activity events in 2015. Pacific Partnership would focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness, while the Naval Engagement Activity would be centered on maritime security and search and rescue and maritime domain awareness.
“The cooperation between the United States and Vietnamese navies is a testament to our growing bilateral relationship overall,” said Admiral Harris. “We will continue to work with our Vietnamese partners and friends to build this relationship and support a strong, prosperous and independent Vietnam.”
During a meeting, Da Nang’s mayor Van Huu Chien expressed his hope that Admiral Harris will continue supporting Vietnam in general and Da Nang in particular in the fields of security and defense, Vietnam News Agency reported.
He also informed the guest on the city’s economic and social achievements.
Admiral Harris thanks the municipal authorities for the warm welcome as well as the city’s active support of Vietnam-U.S. defense cooperation activities in the past years.
The same day, Mr. Harris paid a visit to the Vietnam Navy’s Region C High Command.
During his talk with Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) in Hanoi, Mr. Harris suggested that Vietnam create conditions for the U.S. to increase its naval ships visiting the country in 2015 to boost their defense ties.
In reply, Mr. Tuan affirmed that Vietnam highly values its comprehensive cooperation with the U.S. in various fields.
The Vietnamese official also emphasized naval coordination as one of the highlights of the defense ties between the two countries.
He said he wished the cooperation activities between Vietnamese and U.S. naval forces will continue to develop effectively and practically, contributing to strengthening the two countries’ defense ties.