Three Australian warships start good will visit to Vietnam
Updated at Thursday, 19 Apr 2018, 17:37
The Hanoitimes - The port visit aims to strengthen the relationship between our two navies and the Strategic Partnership between Australia and Vietnam.
Three Royal Australian Navy (RAN) warships have arrived in Sai Gon Port, starting their good will visit to Vietnam from 19 to 22 April 2018.
Accordingly, the helicopter frigates HMAS ANZAC and HMAS TOOWOOMBA and the support ship HMAS SUCCESS came with a total crew of 73 officers and 569 sailors. The Commanders and crew from the three ships will meet with senior officers and sailors from the Vietnamese People’s Navy to engage in a range of goodwill activities and to conduct professional experience sharing and exchanges on ship operations including CUES, PASSEX, Logistics and Medicine at sea and Search and Rescue.
The crew will also participate in a friendly sporting activity with cadets at the Naval Technical College, participate in community engagement in Ho Chi Minh City as well as taking advantage of the opportunity to explore Vietnam’s rich culture and to meet the people of Vietnam.
The Australian crew have arrived in Vietnam
Colonel Nerolie McDonald, Australian Defence Attaché in Vietnam believes the visit would support the bilateral defence relations continue to expand in numerous areas. “It has been 17 years since we had three Australian Navy ships visiting Vietnam at the same time and this year marks the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Defence Relations between Australia and Vietnam, the 45th Anniversary of diplomatic relations and the recent elevation of the bilateral relationship to a Strategic Partnership", he said. "I know that the officers and crew of HMAS ANZAC, HMAS TOOWOOMBA and HMAS SUCCESS are looking forward to their visit to Ho Chi Minh City as one of the highlights of their deployment.", added the Australian official.
The three Australian warships docks in Sai Gon port
HMAS ANZAC is commanded by Commander Michael Devine, RAN, who is also Commander of the Task Unit-South East Asia Deployment. HMAS TOOWOOMBA is commanded by Commander Stuart Watters, and HMAS SUCCESS is commanded by Commander Grant Zilko, RAN.
HMAS ANZAC and HMAS TOOWOOMBA are ANZAC Class helicopter frigates with roles including air defence, anti-submarine and surface warfare, surveillance, interdiction and reconnaissance.
Weighing 3,600 tons and 118 metres in length, HMAS ANZAC and HMAS TOOWOOMBA are armed with Evolved Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles, Harpoon Block 2 Anti-ship missiles, a Mk 45 127 millimetre gun and six Mk 32 torpedo tubes. Both ships are also fitted with a flight deck and a hangar for a multi-role MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter and have a top speed of 27 knots.
Meanwhile, HMAS SUCCESS is a support ship which can perform oil replenishment, ammunition, food and stores supply for other RAN ships at sea. With the displacement of 18,000 tones at full load, she is the largest ship built in Australia for the Royal Australian Navy. Capable of day and night replenishment at sea to ships alongside and concurrently by her embarked helicopter to other ships via Vertical Replenishment, HMAS Succes enable RAN fleet units to operate with a greater degree of flexibility and independence from shore support than has previously been possible from other RAN sources.