Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the
Naval Staff is visiting Vietnam on a four day bilateral visit from October 04
to 07. The visit aims to consolidate cooperation between the Armed Forces of
India and Vietnam and also to explore new avenues of defence cooperation.
During his visit, the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the
Naval Staff will hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister of Vietnam, Mr
Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Defense Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich, Chief of General
staff and Vice Minister of National Defense, Vietnamese Armed forces Senior
Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang, , Vietnamese Armed Forces, and Rear Admiral
Pham Hoai Nam, Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnam People’s Navy.
In-addition to holding important bilateral discussions, the Admiral will
also be visiting the National Defence Academy of Vietnam, where he will
interact with student officers and faculty members and deliver a talk on the
‘Importance of Maritime Power’. He will also visit Vietnam People’s Navy ‘Naval
Region 4’, Vietnam Naval Academy and lay a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
India has historical linkages with Vietnam that dates back many centuries,
though the countries established formal diplomatic relations in 1972.
Defence cooperation between India and Vietnam has been robust with the
primary focus being Maritime Cooperation. India signed a Protocol on Defence
Cooperation Agreement in 1994. The partnership was thereafter elevated to
Strategic Partnership in 2007 and a MoU on Defence Cooperation between the
countries was signed on 05 November 2009.
A ‘Joint Vision Statement for 2015-20’ was signed by the respective Defence
Ministers in May 2015 and the Strategic Partnership was elevated to a
Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in September 2016, during the visit of the
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Vietnam.
The Indian Navy cooperates with the Vietnam People’s Navy on many issues,
which include operational interactions, training and exchange of Subject Matter
Experts in various fields through the medium of Staff Talks. The Vietnam
People’s Navy also participates in the ‘MILAN’ inter-Navy interactions
organised at Port Blair by the Indian Navy. Warships from Indian Navy have been
regularly visiting ports at Vietnam, with Indian Naval Ships Satpura and Kadmat
recently making port call at Hai Phong from 23 to 27 September 2017. The
Vietnamese Navy ship Dinh Tien Hoang, a Gepoard Class Frigate, also visited
Visakhapatnam in February 2016, for participation in the ‘International Fleet
Review - 2016’.
Indian Army and Air Force also maintain robust cooperation with the Vietnamese
Army and Air Force. Officers from the Vietnamese Army and Air Force undergo
training at various Indian defence training institutes including National
Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College. Both
the Services also carryout exchanges of Subject Matter Experts and pursue a
structured cooperation mechanism through the medium of Staff Talks of their