HANOI, March 18, 2016 – The Commander of the United States Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott H. Swift and Commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Lieutenant General John A. Toolan met with Rear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam, the Commander of the Vietnam People’s Navy March 18. Swift and Toolan were in Vietnam on a three-day trip from 17 to 19 March which included meetings with senior officials in Hanoi and Haiphong.
“As the first joint visit to Vietnam by both U.S. Navy and Marine Corps commanders in the Pacific for many decades, this trip was an excellent opportunity to meet with our VPN partners and explore ways to bring our naval forces together more often during ship visits and exchanges,” said Swift. “Our naval forces share a commitment to a rules-based international order, and to maritime security and stability in ways that benefit the rising prosperity of all regional countries.”
The visit underscores a deepening bilateral naval relationship as part of the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership and the Joint Vision Statement on Defense Relations signed by Secretary of Defense Carter and Minister of Defense Phung Quang Thanh.
U.S. and Vietnamese naval forces interact regularly during staff talks, port visits and professional exchanges like the Pacific Partnership mission and bilateral Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) held in Danang each year. These interactions – both bilaterally and multilaterally – have helped strengthen professional relationships, build mutual confidence, and demonstrate a shared commitment to regional maritime security, peace and stability.
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