The U.S. Navy began non-combat, navigation and maintenance skill exercises jointly with the Vietnam People’s Navy at Tien Sa Port in the central city of Da Nang on April 23.
Vietnam people’s navy personnel participated in drills for underwater sea rescue, medical training, and treatment for decompression sickness from deep sea diving from the command rescue ship USNS Salvor.
After the maneuvers, naval officers from both sides took a tour of the missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon.
On the same day, Le Thanh An, U.S. Consul General, and Rear Admiral Tom Carney, Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific, held a meeting with leaders from Da Nang City.
Relating to matters concerning the East Sea, Tran Tho, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee in Da Nang, said the City had protested against foreign ships using force to drive away Vietnamese ships operating in these waters, which is part of the country’s sovereignty.
Both Government and the people realize that the best way to solve the matter is through diplomacy and by abiding by the international Law, Tho added.