US and Vietnam start joint Naval exercise in S. China Sea amid tensions with China
The American and Vietnamese navies start with their eight annual Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) in the coast Khanh Hoa Province. The joint exercise comes days after the US vessel sailed into a disputed island in the South China Sea.
The joint NEA officialy started on Wednesday, when the U.S Coronado and USNS Salvor ships docked at the Cam Ranh International port. In their five days of exercises, both the navies will practice, salvage, diving, handling of ship, medical evacuation and the code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES).
“The United States values our comprehensive partnership with Vietnam and we look forward to deepening our relationship and people-to-people ties through engagements like NEA,” Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson said in a statement. “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.”
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