Two training vessels of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force arrived at Tien Sa port on March 6, beginning a visit to the central city of Da Nang.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy and the Vietnam People’s Navy will conduct a joint patrol in the Gulf of Tonkin in December, announced spokesperson of the National Defence Ministry of China Wu Qian.
Rear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam, Commander of the Vietnam People’s Navy, had a bilateral meeting with his Singaporean counterpart Lai Chung Han on May 14, Quan doi Nhan dan (People’s Army) newspaper reported.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended a flag-raising ceremony on the navy’s two new Kilo-class submarines in the south central coastal province of Khanh Hoa on February 28.
The PLA Navy is likely to secure significant new funding in China's upcoming defense budget as Beijing seeks to check U.S. dominance of the high seas and step up its own projection of power around the globe.
U.S. President Donald Trump says he wants to build dozens of new warships in one of the biggest peace-time expansions of the U.S. Navy. But interviews with ship-builders, unions and a review of public and internal documents show major obstacles to that plan.