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Vietnamese warships wrap up regional port visits
By Mai Thanh Hai - Thanh Nien News -

Rear Admiral Nguyen Van Kiem, the Vietnamese Navy's deputy chief of staff, and Vietnamese officers visited the Philippine Naval Museum on Wednesday.

The HQ-011 Dinh Tien Hoang docked at Manila South Harbor. 

Philippine officers attend a performance  by Vietnam's Naval band. 

A Philippine military band in the farewell ceremony.

Vietnamese and Philippine officers shake hands during a farewell ceremony.

Officers saluting.

A Philippine tugboat escorted Vietnamese frigates out of the port

The HQ-012 Ly Thai To.

The HQ-011 Dinh Tien Hoang leaving the Philippine port.

Photo: Mai Thanh Hai
Two frigates from the Vietnamese People’s Navy wrapped up a three-day goodwill visit on Thursday to the Philippines, thereby concluding its port visits to three Southeast Asian countries. 
The Philippine Navy organized a farewell party at the Manila South Harbor to bid farewell to the HQ-011 Dinh Tien Hoang and HQ-012 Ly Thai To, which made the first-ever port call to the Philippines on Monday. 
Rear Admiral Nguyen Van Kiem, the Vietnamese Navy's deputy chief of staff, who led the 228 officers and sailors aboard the ships, thanked the Philippine Navy for its warm welcome and wished that the two navies will organize more activities to strengthen mutual understanding and coordination to maintain security and safety in the East Sea. 
Rear Admiral Jesus C. Millan, a Flag Officer in the Philippine Naval Command, said the visit by Vietnamese warships helped boost mutual understanding, solidarity and trust between the two navies.
Millan looks forward to more friendship exchanges and visits in the near future. 
The two Vietnamese frigates left Cam Ranh Port on November 5 to visit Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines. 
It was the first time the Vietnamese Navy sent frigates overseas for friendly exchanges.