U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander Davidson Makes Inaugural Visit to Vietnam

HANOI, April 19, 2019 – On April 18, Admiral Philip S. Davidson completed his first visit to Vietnam as the Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) after a four-day trip to Hanoi, Khanh Hoa Province, and Ho Chi Minh City.

While in Hanoi on April 15-16, Admiral Davidson met with high-level government officials and military personnel including Minister of Defense, Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich, Vice Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, and Communist Party of Vietnam External Relations Commission Vice Chairman Mr. Nguyen Manh Cuong.

During the meetings, Admiral Davidson and Vietnamese officials discussed how the United States and Vietnam continue to deepen security cooperation in numerous fields including addressing legacies of war, increasing Vietnam’s capacity in peacekeeping operations, building capacity in maritime law enforcement, and ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.

CAM RANH, Vietnam (April 17, 2019) – Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Adm. Phil Davidson and members of the Khanh Hoa Dermatology Hospital participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony in Cam Ranh, Vietnam. Davidson is in Vietnam to meet with regional leaders and counterparts for the first time as USINDOPACOM commander. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joshua Bryce Bruns)
Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Adm. Philip Davidson and members of the Khanh Hoa Dermatology Hospital participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony in Khanh Hoa, Vietnam.

“Our U.S.-Vietnam defense cooperation is based on our common strategic interests in upholding Vietnam’s sovereignty and independence and promoting a rules-based international order,” said Admiral Davidson during the visit.

On April 17, Admiral Davidson visited Khanh Hoa Province and met with provincial People’s Committee Standing Vice Chairman Tran Son Hai. He also inaugurated new rooms built by the U.S. military for Khanh Hoa Dermatology Hospital, which will increase the treatment capacity for the people in and around Nha Trang City.

This opportunity arose from close cooperation between the Khanh Hoa People’s Committee and U.S. partners during Pacific Partnership 18 last year.

From April 17 to 18, Admiral Davidson visited Ho Chi Minh City where he met with City Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Thien Nhan. In his meeting with business leaders in the city, they discussed how the United States and Vietnam can work together to support private sector infrastructure investment as part of President Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy.

Admiral Philip S. Davidson has served as the Commander of the USINDOPACOM since May 2018 and reports to the President of the United States through the Secretary of Defense.


U.S. Indo-Pacfic Command, America’s oldest and largest military combatant command, covers about half the earth’s surface, stretching from the waters off the west coast of the United States to the western border of India, and from Antarctica to the North Pole. USINDOPACOM is one of six geographic Unified Combatant Commands of the U.S. Armed Forces.

USINDOPACOM is supported by four component commands: U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Army Pacific and U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific. These commands are headquartered in Hawai’i and have forces stationed and deployed throughout the region.