India, Vietnam Two-day Naval Passage Exercise ‘PASSEX’ Concludes

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New Delhi. India and Vietnam two-day naval passage exercise ‘PASSEX’ concluded on December 27.

Indian Navy along with Vietnamese People’s Navy began the bilateral naval exercise in the South China Sea on December 26. The bilateral exercise aims at reinforcing Maritime Interoperability and jointness between the two countries.

Indian Naval Ship Kiltan which took part in the PASSEX had reached Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City with India’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) aid on December 24. INS Kiltan arrived at NhaRong Port, Ho Chi Minh City as part of Mission Sagar-III. This Mission is part of India’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) assistance to Friendly Foreign Countries during the ongoing pandemic.

Under the Mission, the ship delivered 15 tonnes of HADR Stores for the flood-affected people of Central Vietnam, which was handed over to Vietnam’s Central Steering Committee for National Disaster Prevention and Control. This assistance is reflective of the deep people-to-people connect between the two friendly countries.

The current visit seeks to enhance maritime cooperation between the two navies and will further bolster the strong bonds of friendship between the two countries and contribute to security and stability in the region.

Mission Sagar-III is being undertaken in accordance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Security And Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) and reiterates India’s position as a dependable partner, and the Indian Navy as the Preferred Security Partner and First Responder. The Mission also highlights the importance accorded to ASEAN countries and further strengthens the existing bonds.

India and Vietnam have a civilisational relationship that is over two millennia old. India-Vietnam relations have grown stronger in recent times due to the vibrant economic engagement and growing convergence on issues of common interests. The bilateral relations were elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in 2016.

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