fact Sheet office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 16, 2018
The U.S. protection relationship with Vietnam has grown impulsively in fresh years, and both international locations share a standard vision for the future of a free and begin Indo-Pacific vicinity. Our effective protection partnership is according to our mutual commitment to deepen defense cooperation and shared resolve to handle regional security challenges.
This ordinary vision changed into articulated by means of President Trump and Vietnamese President Quang of their November 2017 Joint remark, made throughout President Trump’s state discuss with to Hanoi. It turned into additional amplified by way of Secretary of defense Mattis’ January 2018 and Secretary Pompeo’s July 2018 visits to Vietnam to meet top leaders. These visits affirmed President Trump’s and Vietnamese leaders’ commitment to a new three-12 months Plan of action for protection Cooperation for 2018 to 2020.
In March 2018, the united statesS. Carl Vinson visited Da Nang, Vietnam for a ancient four-day port call. Sailors participated in cultural and skilled exchanges all over community provider routine, activities competitions, ship tours, and a formal reception aboard the aircraft provider. This discuss with became the first by way of a U.S. aircraft provider in additional than forty years.
The department has also licensed $25 million in Direct commercial earnings DCS to Vietnam from CY2012 through CY2017, with over $15 million of that total coming within the final two years.
From FY2012 – FY2017, Vietnam received over $fifty five million in bilateral State department-funded security tips below the international militia Financing FMF program. FMF funded the switch and refurbishment of a former U.S. Coast protect cutter to Vietnam under the excess protection Article program. This became the first main protection switch between the us and Vietnam, and is presently the biggest vessel in Vietnam’s armed forces stock. FMF has additionally funded the acquisition of 24 45-feet steel Shark fast patrol boats, the first 12 of which were delivered as of April 2018.
FMF for Vietnam blanketed $10.25 million in FY 2017 funding below the Southeast Asia Maritime security Initiative SAMSI, which is designed to raise maritime domain cognizance, boost the presence of accomplice international locations of their personal territorial waters, and assist them to keep the rights and freedoms distinctive below the international law of the ocean.
The branch of protection additionally provided Vietnam with over $sixteen million in further tips in FY2017 and FY2018 to support Vietnam in improving its maritime capacity.
Vietnam has been a contributor to UN peacekeeping missions within the critical African Republic and South Sudan. It has also been an active partner nation of the U.S. world Peace Operations Initiative GPOI. In late 2018, Vietnam will installation a stage-2 box sanatorium to the UN Mission to South Sudan UNMISS with GPOI funding and aid. Vietnam is within the process of pledging the deployment of an engineering unit to a future U.N. mission.
In 2018, Vietnam participated for the primary time within the Rim of the Pacific RIMC militia undertaking, after first sending observers in 2012 and 2016. RIMC is the area’s greatest international maritime recreation, biennially hosted by means of the U.S. and its allies and companions in and across the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.
The U.S. government is additionally working to tackle Vietnam battle legacy concerns in Vietnam. These include the remediation of unexploded ordnance UXO, and agent orangedioxin remediation, and the humanitarian situation of POWMIA accounting.
since 1993, the U.S. executive has contributed greater than $105 million for UXO efforts, which encompass survey and clearance operations, tips administration, chance schooling, survivors’ counsel, and skill constructing for the Vietnam national Mine motion middle VNMAC. A breakdown of the vital humanitarian work being achieved by means of our enforcing companions in Vietnam is obtainable within the branch’s To stroll The Earth In safety document.
For extra information, please contact the Bureau of Political-military Affairs, office of Congressional and Public Affairs at PM-Cstate.gov, and observe the Bureau of Political-armed forces Affairs on Twitter, StateDeptPM.
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