HANOI, March 16 (Xinhua) -- A missile escort vessel HQ-011 Dinh Tien Hoang of the Vietnamese Navy has left for the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2017 (LIMA 2017) in Malaysia for the first time.
The Gepard-class frigate will participate in LIMA 2017 from March 21-25 with 140 officers and crew members on board, the Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People's Army Newspaper) reported on Thursday.
The participation aims to enhance relations between the Vietnam People's Navy with its counterparts from the host Malaysia and other Asian nations and help ensure regional maritime safety and security, reported Quan Doi Nhan Dan.
HQ-011 Dinh Tien Hoang is scheduled to take part in the event's ship review and maritime demonstration alongside several exercises, including a rescue operation.
LIMA, one of the largest exhibitions of its kind in Asia-Pacific, is a maritime and aerospace exhibition that has taken place once every two years since 1991. This year's edition is expected to welcome 550 companies from 38 countries.