Honolulu, June 10, 2021 – On Tuesday, June 8, the Vietnam Coast Guard ship CSB 8021 arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii, on its way to Vietnam. The Hamilton-class former U.S. Coast Guard cutter is the second vessel of this class given to the Vietnam Coast Guard by the United States government. On Wednesday, Brigadier General Jennifer Short and Brigadier Alan Litster from the Indo-Pacific Command visited CSB 8021, met with its Commander, Dang Le Son, and welcomed the crew to Honolulu, offering any support they could provide during their stay.
The U.S. Coast Guard officially transferred CSB 8021, formerly JOHN MIDGETT, to Vietnam on August 14, 2020. Since November 1, 2020, the ship’s new Vietnam Coast Guard crew has received training on the vessel, its systems, and equipment. The vessel also went through a dry dock maintenance and repair availability to prepare it for its service in the Vietnam Coast Guard, funded by U.S. foreign military financing. The vessel and transfer support total over $27 million in grant security assistance and follow the 2017 transfer of CSB 8020 to Vietnam, valued around $24 million. CSB 8021 left its former homeport of Seattle, Washington, on June 1, 2021, after completion of outfitting and crew training.
The U.S. Embassy, through its Office of Defense Cooperation, coordinates U.S.-Vietnam security cooperation activities on behalf of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command to advance mutually beneficial defense goals and interests. Since 2011, the United States has provided more than $450 million in support of defense and security programs in Vietnam.