A Vietnamese Navy vessel on Thursday left Cam Ranh Port for Brunei and Singapore to join an international military exercise focused on maritime security and counterterrorism.
The ship codenamed 381 will take part in the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus Maritime Security and Counterterrorism Exercise 2016 from May 2 to 12.
Navies of the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will participate in the drills, along with those from Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US.
Approximately 3,000 personnel, 18 ships, 17 helicopters, two maritime patrol aircraft along with Special Forces from the 18 nations will be deployed during the exercise, The Diplomat reported.
Participating vessels will sail from Brunei and conduct the drills along the way to Singapore, where a concluding counterterrorism scenario will take place, according to the report.
Officers onboard Vietnamese Navy ship codenamed 381. Photo: Vu Huong