The US Navy has commenced the eighth annual Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) with the Vietnam People's Navy.
The beginning of the NEA was marked with the arrival of naval vessels USS Coronado (LCS 4) and USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52) at Cam Ranh International Port, Vietnam.
The activity is to be conducted for five days and will focus on events and skills exchanges in diving and salvage, as well as undersea medicine.
At sea, The NEA will enable vessels from both services to practice the code for unplanned encounters at sea (CUES), ship handling and medical evacuations.
While ashore, subject matter expert exchanges will offer training on shipboard damage control, shipboard medicine and law.
In addition, the NEA will include formal office calls, band concerts, community relations events, and team sports.
US Navy Task Force 73 commander rear admiral Don Gabrielson said: “The US values our comprehensive partnership with Vietnam and we look forward to deepening our relationship and people-to-people ties through engagements like NEA.
“By working and interacting together regularly we foster meaningful relationships and trust between our nations that contribute to the peace and prosperity of the region.”
In addition to USS Coronado and USNS Salvor, other US units participating in NEA Vietnam involve personnel from Task Force 73, Destroyer Squadron 7, and the US 7th Fleet Band.
US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius said: “These naval activities underscore the deepening and diverse relationship between the US and Vietnam.”
Commander, Task Force 73 and Destroyer Squadron 7 staff conduct advanced planning, organise resources and directly support the execution of NEA Vietnam.
Image: USS Coronado (LCS 4) transits the South China Sea. Photo: courtesy of US Navy.