Deputy Minister of Defence, Admiral Nguyen Van Hien, who is also the Vietnam People’s Navy Commander, on July 13 received Admiral Cecil D. Haney, Commander of the US Pacific Fleet on his visit to Vietnam.

Hien reviewed the recent cooperation between Vietnam and the US , especially in the field of defence.

He said the increasing defence cooperation between the two countries’ naval commands in recent time accords with the development of the ties between the two countries.

He spoke highly of the effective activities that have been achieved by the naval ships of both countries since Vietnam and the US set up the mechanism of an annual bilateral exchange, and expressed his hope that Haney in his post will make more contributions to driving the defence ties between the two countries to a more intensive level, for peace, friendship and mutual respect between the two countries.

During his stay in Vietnam , Haney is scheduled to pay courtesy visits to leaders of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the People’s Committee of the central province of Nghe An.

He will also make a fact-finding tour to the Pacific Partnership 2012 Humanitarian and Civic Assistance Project in Nghe An province, which is financed by the US Pacific Navy.-VNA