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Royal Australian naval ships commence goodwill visit to Vietnam

Royal Australian naval ships commence goodwill visit to Vietnam

Wednesday, May 08, 2019, 10:35 GMT+7
Royal Australian naval ships commence goodwill visit to Vietnam
The HMAS Canberra, a landing helicopter dock of the Royal Australian Navy, docks at Cam Ranh International Port in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa on May 7, 2019. Photo: Phan Song Ngan / Tuoi Tre

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 onboard the HMAS Canberra. Photo: Phan Song Ngan / Tuoi Tre

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

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, Royal Australian Air Force officer Commander Joint Task Force 661. Photo: Phan Song Ngan / Tuoi Tre

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 Port. 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 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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