The hospital ship HQ-561 left Cam Ranh Port in Khanh Hoa Province for Batam Island for the event, scheduled to last from March 29 to April 3. The ship is the most modern of its kind in Vietnam, with advanced equipment for examination and treatment, directly connected to the mainland in cases of surgery.

The Vietnamese delegation includes 70 officers and soldiers led by Colonel Nguyen Minh Thai, deputy chief of staff of Vietnam Navy. Participants of the Komodo multilateral exercise will come from 10 member countries in ASEAN plus Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the United States.

It is the first time the Vietnam Navy has joined an exercise abroad. The Vietnamese hospital ship is scheduled to arrive in Indonesia Friday.

Thanh Nien News - March 25, 2014