A ship with 68 sailors from the Republic of Korea (RoK) Coast Guard on June 24 anchored at the PTSC port in the southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau to join a fire fighting and rescue exercise in the locality.

The Korean Coast Guard 3012, coded 6M31, is 113 meters long, 14.2 meters wide and has a tonnage of 2,953 tonnes.

The ship, carrying with it a helicopter, is one of the 33 biggest ships of the RoK Coast Guard fleet.

Speaking at a welcoming ceremony held for the ship and its crew, Colonel Ngo Ngoc Thu, Deputy Head and Chief of Staff of the Vietnam Maritime Police Department, said the visit will increase mutual understanding and strengthen the relationship between the two forces and the two countries as a whole.

It is a good chance for the two sides to share experience and promote their future cooperation, he added.

The ship is scheduled to join the Vietnam Maritime Police Region 3 on June 25 in the exercise.

It will leave for Ho Chi Minh City on the same day.-VNA