Two ships of the Indian navy, the INS SHIVALIK INS and the KARMUK, on May 19 docked at Chua Ve port in the northern port city of Hai Phong for a five-day friendship visit.

This is the fifth visit of the two naval ships to Hai Phong, aiming to reinforce cooperation and friendship between India and Vietnam as well as between the two countries’ navies and people.

The Indian naval delegation, led by Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, who is also Commander of the Indian Naval Eastern Fleet, is scheduled to pay courtesy visit to leaders of the Hai Phong People’s Committee, the High Command of Military Zone 3 and the Naval High Command.

The guests will also engage in an exchange with students of the Maritime University and present gifts to children at the Hoa Phuong Orphanage.

In addition, they will visit Hanoi and pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and tour a number of tourist sites in Hai Phong and Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh province.

The visit aims to tighten the traditional relations and multi-faceted cooperation between India and Vietnam , including in national defence.-VNA