<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aiming to boost defence cooperation with Vietnam, Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba is visiting Vietnam on a five-day trip. Lanba’s visit comes amid increasing activities by China in the South China Sea, and he is likely to discuss this issue with Vietnamese leaders.Lanba, will meet Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich, Chief of General Staff and Vice-Minister of National Defence Van Giang. Lanba will also hold extensive talks with Rear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam, Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnam Navy.Vietnam along with neighbouring countries like Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan has been opposing China’s claims in the South China Sea.India has maintained that all disputes should be resolved in accordance with international law. “The visit aims to consolidate cooperation between the Armed Forces of India and Vietnam, and also to explore new avenues of defence cooperation,” a Navy statement said.Lanba will also visit the National Defence Academy of Vietnam where he will interact with student officers and faculty members and deliver a talk on the ‘Importance of Maritime Power’.The Indian Navy cooperates with the Vietnam People’s Navy on many issues including operational interactions and training.Warships from Indian Navy regularly visit ports at Vietnam, with Indian Naval Ships Satpura and Kadmat recently making port call at Hai Phong from September 23 to 27. The Vietnamese Navy ship Dinh Tien Hoang, a Gepoard Class Frigate, also visited Visakhapatnam in February 2016, for participation in the ‘International Fleet Review’.

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Navy Chief visits Vietnam to boost defence ties