AS PART of an initiative to strengthen the friendship between Brunei Darussalam and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, as well as to expose cultures amongst the two nations and navies, two frigates from the Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) docked at the Muara Commercial Port yesterday.
According to a press release from the Ministry of Defence, the two Vietnamese frigates, Dinh Tien Hoang (Hq-011) and Ly Thai To (Hq-012) arrived in Muara for a two-day inaugural goodwill visit to Brunei Darussalam.
Both frigates, which have a displacement of 2,100 tonnes, are 102 metres in length with 84 personnel each on board.
They were ceremonially welcomed by Lieutenant Colonel (L) Khairil bin Haji Abdul Rahman, officers and personnel from the Royal Brunei Navy in accordance with naval traditions on arrival.
The ships were headed by Rear Admiral Nguyen Van Kiem, Deputy Chief of Staff VPN, and accompanied by Ships’ Commanding Officers, Commander Nguyen Dinh Giang, HQ-011 and Captain Nguyen Van Ngan, HQ-12.
The head of Vietnamese delegation accompanied by the ships’ Commanding Officers paid a courtesy call to the Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN), First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Abdul Aziz bin Haji Mohd Tamit, at the Naval Headquarters.
During the call, the Commander of RBN expressed his appreciation to the Vietnam People’s Navy for giving the opportunity for RBN to reciprocate the hospitalities accorded to KDB Darulehsan during its goodwill visit to Haiphong, Vietnam on April 29, 2014. They also exchanged mementos as a gesture of goodwill.
The exchange visits will directly enhance the bilateral relationship to uphold the aspirations as stated in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation between the two navies.