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6/12/2019 11:23:20 AM

Royal Canadian Navy ships make first visit to Cam Ranh Port

The Royal Canadian Navy’s multi-role patrol frigate HMCS Regina and supply ship MV Asterix arrived Cam Ranh port in the central province of Khanh Hoa, starting a visit to Viet Nam from June 10-13.

Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS Regina (L) and MV Asterix are docked at Cam Ranh port (Photo: VNA)

This is the first visit to Cam Ranh port made by Canadian Navy with the aim of expanding and strengthening defense relations between the two nations.

HMCS Regina is joining an activity program of the Royal Canadian Navy to enhance exchange with other nations’ navy in the Asia-Pacific region.

The program helps improve ability to carry out joint activities effectively between partner countries, making contributions to ensuring the maritime consistency of the Royal Canadian Navy in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Commander Jacob French, Commanding Officer of HMCS Regina, said Viet Nam is a valuable partner of Canada in Southeast Asia, adding that the current visit is a chance for his crewmembers to interact with the local community and for Canada to prove its partnership commitment to Viet Nam.

As scheduled, while in Khanh Hoa, Canadian officers will pay a courtesy call to leaders of the provincial People’s Committee and join a sport exchange with their peers at the Naval Region 4 High Command. They will also tour a number of scenic and historical destinations in the province.

HMCS Regina is 134 m long and has a maximum speed of 29 nautical miles per hour. It is joining the Royal Canadian Navy’s exchange program with its partners in Asia-Pacific.

Meanwhile, the MV Asterix, which was converted from a commercial container ship, is 198 meters in length with a maximum speed of 20 nautical miles per hour. It is capable of carrying about 10 million liters of oil fuel.

Here some pictures of crew members of HMCS Regina and NRU Asterix in Vietnam

Crew members of HMCS Regina and NRU Asterix had a great time playing with the orphans and helping the nuns of Nhan Ai Shelter. Photo: Embassy of Canada in Vietnam

Exchanging with students in Khanh Hoa University. Photo: Embassy of Canada to Vietnam

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