Naval Surface Forces Welcomes Vietnamese Navy 
By Operations Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Ginger Barnes, Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs 
SAN DIEGO – Representatives of the Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) arrived in San Diego Aug. 21 and were welcomed by Naval Surface Forces as part of a visit to the United States to engage in a medical exchange of ideas between the U.S. Navy and the Vietnamese Navy.

In welcoming the delegation, Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, Commander Naval Surface Forces said, “We are honored to have the opportunity to discuss ideas on expeditionary medical employments, medical capabilities and furthering the continued cooperation with our international partners.”

With the goal of learning more about support and the development of training in medical treatment facilities in remote regions of Vietnam and for their naval forces, VPN doctors and medical personnel toured San Diego region U.S. Navy medical facilities, including those aboard the ships USS Gary (FFG 51) and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

The VPN representatives are prominent and decorated members of the VPN’s medical community, and they were welcomed into a round-table discussion with Capt. Bailey, C3F Surgeon, and Commander Pacific Fleet (CPF) Surgeon Captain Joseph Moore where dialogue addressed many of the visiting VPN members’ questions about how the U.S. Navy runs their medical programs and processes.

This U.S. Navy and the VPN have been actively engaged in dialogue and relations. In 2007, USS Peleliu (LHA 5) visited the region as a part of the United States lead naval exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training – a program in which medical and engineering personnel gave training and assistance in the port of Da Nang. The USNS Mercy also visited the region in 2007 as part of a Medical Civic Action Program where the medical crew gave free treatment to 11,000 medical and dental patients.
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