The French Navy’s most modern amphibious assault vessel, Tonnerre, docked at Baria Serece port in southern coastal Ba Ria-Vung Tau province on June 18.

The crew and cadets on board were briefed on Vietnam’s national defence policy by representatives from the Department of Foreign Relations and the Military Strategy Institute under the Vietnam Ministry of National Defence, and the Ho Chi Minh City Department of External Relations.

Tonnerre along with the anti-submarine frigate Georges Leygues, which docked at Ho Chi Minh City’s port, are visiting Vietnam as part of activities to mark the 40th anniversary of Vietnam–France bilateral ties.

The 123 cadets aboard the two French vessels are from many different countries, including one officer from the Vietnamese Navy, and on a training course undertaken by the French side.

Tonnerre is regarded as one of the leading assault landing crafts in the world. Measuring 200 metres long and 32 metres wide, with a displacement of 21,300 tonnes, the vessel can carry 16 heavy or 35 light helicopters, 4 high-speed landing crafts, and 70 tanks or armoured vehicles.-VNA