Two vessels of the Royal Australian Navy arrived in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa on Tuesday to begin their four-day goodwill visit to the Southeast Asian country.
The HMAS Canberra and HMAS Newcastle docked at Cam Ranh International Port, located in the namesake city in Khanh Hoa Province.
Carrying more than 800 crew members, the ships will stay in the country from May 7 to 10.
The visit is part of Australia’s Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE19) held in Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam.
|Helicopters on board the HMAS Canberra. Photo: Phan Song Ngan / Tuoi Tre|
This is the first time the program has been organized in Vietnam since it was launched in 2017.
During the three-month-long IPE19, Australian naval ships arrive in these countries to reiterate its commitment to contribute to regional peace and security, said Air Commodore Richard Owen, Commander Joint Task Force 661.
According to the agenda, they will have meetings with leaders of the provincial People’s Committee, and the 4th Naval Region High Command during the time in Vietnam.
|The HMAS Newcastle, an Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate of the Royal Australian Navy. Photo: Phan Song Ngan / Tuoi Tre|
Many activities will also be organized between the Australian crew members and officers under the Vietnam People’s Navy, People’s Army, as well as residents and students in Khanh Hoa.
The HMAS Newcastle is an Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate, measuring 138 meters long, 13 meters wide, and weighing 4,100 metric tons.
The HMAS Canberra is the lead ship of the Canberra-class landing helicopter dock of the Royal Australian Navy.
The ship is 230 meters long and 32 meters wide and weighs 27,000 metric tons.
|Air Commodore Richard Owen, Commander Joint Task Force 661. Photo: Phan Song Ngan / Tuoi Tre|
|Australian and Vietnamese naval officials pose for a photo at Cam Ranh International Port. Photo: Phan Song Ngan / Tuoi Tre|
|The Australian crew members are welcomed at Cam Ranh International Port. Photo: Phan Song Ngan / Tuoi Tre|
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