|India's INS Kiltan warship. Photo: Vietnam News Agency|
According to the Embassy of India in Hanoi, Indian Naval Ship INS KILTAN will be making a technical halt at Nha Rong Port, Ho Chi Minh City from 24-26 December 2020, making a part of the Indian Navy’s ongoing operational deployment of its ships to South East Asia region.
The ship will deliver Humanitarian Assistance including Disaster Relief Stores for the flood-affected people of Central Vietnam. These stores will be handed over to Vietnam’s Central Steering Committee for National Disaster Prevention and Control. This is reflective of the deep people to people connect between the two countries.
The ship has a displacement of 3,500 tons and length of 109 meters, and its four diesel engines can achieve a top speed of over 25 knots.
In October last year, INS Sahyadri paid a friendly visit to the central coastal city of Da Nang.
India-Vietnam relations have grown stronger since the diplomatic relations were established in 1972, especially in recent times due to the vibrant economic engagement and growing convergence on political, regional and security issues. The bilateral relations were elevated to the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in 2016, in which defence cooperation is a vital component.
The Indian Navy has extensive interactions with the Vietnam People’s Navy mostly in the field of training, repairs, maintenance and logistics support aimed at capacity building.
The current ship visit is believed to enhance maritime cooperation between the two Navies and contribute to security and growth for all in the region.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic situation, both countries have maintained the momentum in bilateral engagements. Prime Ministers of both the countries held online talks on 13 April 2020.
The two Prime Ministers had joined in a virtual summit on 21 December 2020. Several landmark agreements and announcements were made during the summit covering a broad spectrum including Defence, energy, trade and cultural sphere.
The Joint Commission Meeting between the two Foreign Ministers were conducted online on 25 August 2020. Defence Ministers of the two countries held online talks on 27 November 2020 to discuss security issues of mutual interest and concern. These high-profile engagements signify sustained momentum in the bilateral relationship and in Defence and Security cooperation.
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