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South Korea destroyer to visit Vietnam this week

Updated at Tuesday, 03 Sep 2019, 08:45
The Hanoitimes - The South Korean navy has paid more visits to Vietnam over the past few years.
Destroyer Moon Mu The Great and logistics ship Roks Hwacheon of the South Korean navy will dock this week at Vietnam’s central city of Da Nang.
 
Moon Mu The Great destroyer docks at Tien Sa port in Da Nang, Vietnam in September 2018. Photo: VNA
Moon Mu The Great destroyer docks at Tien Sa port in Da Nang, Vietnam in September 2018. Photo: VNA

The two ships with more than 600 officers and sailors are scheduled to arrive at Tien Sa port on September 7 to begin a two-day visit with lots of activities and refueling, VnExpress reported.

The South Korean crew will be welcomed by representatives from the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense, Command of Vietnam’s Naval Region 3, and Da Nang city.

As planned, representatives from the South Korean Embassy in Vietnam and the South Korean community in Da Nang will visit the destroyer.

Naval officers from both countries will also discuss and share information on ships maintenance and preservation, together with art performance.

 
South Korean crew welcomed in Da Nang during the 2018 visit. Photo: Baodanang
South Korean crew welcomed in Da Nang during the 2018 visit. Photo: Bao Da Nang

Moon Mu The Great is 150 meters long and 17.4 meters wide with a loading capacity of 5,550 tons and a speed of 30 knots.

The ship is aimed with advanced military equipment and a helicopter to serve its duties of reconnaissance, patrol, anti-submarine, and anti-ship missions, and attacking land targets.

Moon Mu The Great first visited Da Nang on September 11, 2018 for joint exercises with Vietnam’s Naval Region 3, which is in charge of ensuring peace and stability in waters off Vietnam’s north-central coast.

Logistics ship Roks Hwacheon, meanwhile, is 134 meters long and 18 meters wide with a loading capacity of over 9,000 tons. The ship will be visiting Vietnam for the second time after the first in September 2017.
Linh Pham
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