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US gifts new security vessel to Vietnam, vows S. China Sea presence
AFP News   AFP News20 November 2019

https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/11/20/ph-to-shop-for-military-warships-arms-in-s-korea-next-week-duterte/

The United States is giving Vietnam's coast guard a second cutter vessel, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday, vowing to maintain a routine military presence in the flashpoint South China Sea.

The new security ship "represents another concrete symbol of our strengthening relationship", Esper said at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam after a tour through South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines.

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--- Quote from: adroth on December 10, 2017, 02:22:32 AM ---PCG personnel welcomes “CSB 8020” (former United States Coast Guard Morgenthau), a 115-meter Vietnam Government vessel donated by the US government during the low key arrival ceremony at the Headquarters Coast Guard Surface Support Force, Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila this morning, December 9, 2017.
Photo courtesy (ASN Bokingkito PCG)

From: https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineCoastGuard.Official/posts/1470007106445282







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