The parade took place off Jeju Island in South Korea on Thursday afternoon. The 015 Tran Hung Dao, captained by Colonel Le Hong Chien, Deputy Commander of the Naval Region 4 Command, which manages waters along Vietnam’s south central coast, arrived in South Korea Wednesday along with a Vietnamese delegation for the International Fleet Review, Bao Hai Quan (Vietnamese Navy) newspaper reported. Vice Admiral Pham Hoai Nam of the Vietnam People’s Navy will also be present at the event. The visit is part of the ship’s 9,300-kilometer long journey to Japan, South Korea and China, beginning last month. The voyage, the longest that any Vietnamese naval vessel has undertaken, aims to strengthen friendly relations, cooperation and development among naval forces in the visited countries and affirm the capability and position of the Vietnam People’s Navy in the nation’s international integration. The fleet review in South Korea will last from Thursday until Monday. The Tran Hung Dao had paid a three-day visit to Japan last month, in which its crew participated in a series of friendly games with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in Yokosuka. After the fleet review in South Korea ends, the ship will travel to Zhanjiang, China for a joint ASEAN-China maritime field training exercise. The Russian built Tran Hung Dao is a Gepard-class frigate with advanced military equipment. Several foreign naval ships have visited Vietnam in recent months, reflecting the country’s growing willingness to boost security ties and intensify defense diplomacy efforts with major powers, experts have noted.