Vietnam Coast Guard receives six patrol boats from US
The Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) has taken delivery of six Metal Shark patrol boats from the US, a move that expands security cooperation between the countries.
The six 45ft-long patrol vessels were officially handed over by US Ambassador Ted Osius to the coast guard.
Osius said: “Vietnam’s future prosperity depends upon a stable and peaceful maritime environment. The United States and the rest of the international community also benefit from regional stability, which is why we are here today, and it is why we are very pleased to be working together with the Vietnam Coast Guard.”
The US Embassy and Consulate in Vietnam stated that the delivery of these vessels represents “deepening cooperation in the areas maritime law enforcement, maritime search and rescue, and maritime humanitarian assistance operations within Vietnam’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zone”.
VCG will use the patrol boats in inter-costal patrols and law enforcement in smuggling, illicit trafficking, piracy and armed robbery against ships, and illegal fishing.
The coast guard will begin to train on and operate the vessels, making them fully operational.
A memorandum of understanding on defence cooperation was signed in 2011 to facilitate security assistance and educational exchanges between the US and Vietnamese militaries.
The US Embassy, through its Office of Defense Cooperation, coordinates US-Vietnam security cooperation activities on behalf of US Pacific Command to advance common defence goals and interests, according to the statement.
Image: The six 45ft-long patrol vessels were officially handed over by US Ambassador Ted Osius to the Vietnam Coast Guard. Photo: courtesy of US Embassy and Consulate in Vietnam.