US Providing Vietnam $18M for Coast Guard Vessels

Growing relationship between two nations.

US Providing Vietnam $18M for Coast Guard Vessels

By Aaron Mehta

HAI PHONG, VIETNAM — The US will provide $18 million to Vietnam to help procure coast guard patrol vessels, a first step in what Secretary of Defense Ash Carter hopes is a growing military relationship between those two countries.

Carter’s comments came shortly after he became the first US Secretary of Defense to board a Vietnamese military vessel, a Coast Guard ship in the port of Hai Phong.

“We need to modernize our partnerships,” Carter said. “After 20 years there is more we can do… [to] enhance our capabilities and the capabilities of Vietnam.”

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