US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced during a 19-21 November visit to Vietnam that Washington will hand over a second ex-US Coast Guard (USCG) Hamilton-class high-endurance cutter to the Southeast Asian country.
"The delivery of the vessel - one of the largest class ships in the US Coast Guard's fleet - is a symbol of the comprehensive partnership between the United States and Vietnam and will increase Vietnam's maritime law enforcement and search and rescue capabilities," said the US Embassy in Hanoi in a 21 November statement about Esper's first official visit to the country.
The embassy quoted Esper as saying that Washington is "committed to expanding this strategic partnership by increasing co-operation in areas of common interest such as maritime security, peacekeeping operations, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief".
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