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Martin Dempsey: US Could Help Vietnam’s Navy if Arms Embargo Ends

Gen. Martin Dempsey
Gen. Martin Dempsey

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said the U.S. could provide new equipment to Vietnam’s navy if the U.S. were to lift its three-decade embargo on selling military arms to Vietnam.

Jim Garamone of DoD News wrote Saturday that the tools would include vessels and equipment for search-and-rescue and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.

“My military advice . . . will be if it is lifted that we begin with assets that would make the Peoples’ Navy more capable in the maritime domain,” Dempsey said during a visit to Ho Chi Minh City.

Dempsey also expressed an interest in a partnership with Vietnam alongside defense agreements between the U.S. and Vietnam neighbors Thailand and the Philippines.

“I do see Vietnam occupying a key geostrategic region,” he said.

According to the report, Dempsey also said a multinational response through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations could help address maritime and territorial disputes in the region.

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