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130421-N-8377A-368 DA NANG, Vietnam (April 21, 2013) - Senior Chief Petty Officer Jeremy Duplissey gives a small group of children a safety and informational brief before a tour of the Safeguard class rescue and salvage ship, USNS Salvor (T ARS 52). The children are touring Salvor and the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) after the ships arrived in Da Nang, Vietnam to take part in Naval Exchange Activity (NEA). The NEA provides opportunities for U.S. and Vietnamese naval professionals to share best practices and exchange maritime skills.  Maritime skill exchanges between the two navies are non-combatant events, such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, medical training, fire fighting and damage control, search and rescue, diving and salvage, sports and community service projects. The children are part of over 100 students and orphans from four different organizations. The tours were coordinated by the non-governmental organization, Orphan Voice. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Michael Ard)
US Navy Begins Fourth Annual Naval Engagement Activity with Vietnam
By Task Force 73 Public Affairs
DA NANG, Vietnam -- The U.S. Navy began the fourth annual Naval Engagement Activity with the Vietnam People’s Navy April 21 with the arrival of USS Chung-Hoon and USNS Salvor in Da Nang.

Over the next five days, both navies will focus on non-combatant events covering search and rescue, medical exchanges, diving medicine, navigation and shipboard firefighting. Public ship tours, community service projects, and sporting events will also take place

"This port visit and the activities planned this week are an opportunity to enhance cooperation between our navies based on mutual trust, understanding and shared interests,” said Rear Adm. Tom Carney, commander, Task Force 73. “Each year, we add more complexity to these engagements, a trend I expect will continue.”

New events this year include a maritime security symposium and a case study discussion on logistics support to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Medical professionals will also share best practices on a range of topics.

U.S. participants in this year’s activities include the guided missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93); the rescue and salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52); Sailors from Task Force 73; Marines and medical professionals from 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF); and a Mobile Diving and Salvage Detachment.

The U.S. Navy has made several successful port visits to Da Nang in recent years, while military sealift command ships completed voyage repairs in Vietnamese shipyards, such as Cam Ranh Bay Shipyard. Along with annual staff talks between senior leadership, these engagements speak to enhanced levels of cooperation between the U.S. and Vietnamese navies.
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