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British destroyer makes friendly visit to Vietnam

British naval destroyer HMS Daring arrived at Tien Sa port in the central city of Da Nang Wednesday for a four-day visit to Vietnam.

The visit is part of activities to mark the 40th year of bilateral ties and the British Council's 20th year in Vietnam.

The crew of 30 officers and 185 sailors under Commander Angus Essenhigh was welcomed by officials from the Ministry of Defence's Foreign Affairs Office, the Navy, Navy Zone 3, Military Zone 5, Border Guard, and Da Nang Foreign Affairs Department. 

The British ambassador to Vietnam, Antony Stokes, the British consul in Ho Chi Minh City, Douglas Barnes, and Defence Attaché Colonel Tim Below were also present.

Stokes said the visit would help lift Vietnam-UK ties to a higher level.

The visitors called on Da Nang leaders and visit the Military Zone 5 High Command and Navy Zone 3 High Command, played volleyball with sailors from Navy Zone 3 and held a music performance December 18.

The next day they visited Hoa Mai orphanage Ngu Hanh Son District and the city's charity career center.

The same day the closing ceremony for an English-language course in peacekeeping held by the British Council for six Vietnamese Air Force and Coast Guard officers was held aboard the visiting ship.

Along with that is the annual bilateral defense meeting held by the British crew which will focus on exploring areas for the UK and Vietnamese cooperation, studying areas where UK businesses can be involved in, exchanging views on strategic regional issues, and strengthening their work together through extensive training exchanges.

HMS Daring is the lead vessel of the Type 45 or Daring-class destroyers built for the British Navy.

It is said to be equipped with the most advanced communications technologies used by the British Navy.

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