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France’s “Jeanne d’Arc” task force visits Việt Nam

Update: June, 02/2018 - 07:00
Frigate Surcouf, whose crew is commanded by Commander Christine Ribbe, docks at Sài Gòn Port in HCM City. Photo Thu Hằng
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — The “Jeanne d’Arc” task force from France, with more than a 700-member crew, began a five-day visit yesterday to HCM City.

The Jeanne d’Arc is a long-term operational deployment of an amphibious battle group allowing young officer cadets to get on-the-job training. 

Commander Christine Ribbe shakes hands with a Vietnamese Navy cadet at a ceremony held yesterday in HCM City. Photo Thu Hằng

The visit is part of the activities to mark the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations and five years of the strategic partnership between Việt Nam and France.

The crew is scheduled to participate in a range of cultural and experience exchanges with the Vietnamese Navy, and visit famous tourist destinations in the city.

An officer cadet works on the landing helicopter dock (LHD) Dixmude of the Jeanne d’Arc task force from France. Photo Thu Hằng

The task force is built around a landing helicopter dock (LHD) Dixmude, whose commanding officer is Captain Jean Porcher, and the frigate Surcouf, whose crew is commanded by Commander Christine Ribbe.

The mission, which started on February 26, from Toulon, France, emphasises international cooperation and practical training courses for 131 officer cadets. —VNS



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