The Royal Australian Navy's helicopter frigate HMAS Anzac and its company of 184 arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, this afternoon for a three-day visit.
The crew, led by Commander Belinda Wood, were welcomed by representatives from the municipal People’s Committee, the 7th Military Region, and the Navy High Command.
Commander Wood said the visit is a highlight in the relations between the two countries' navies.
She said she looks forwards to a joint exercise between HMAS Anzac and a Vietnamese naval ship during the visit.
Colonel Ha Xuan Xu (R) of the Vietnamese Navy High Command welcomes Commander Belinda Wood after the HMAS Anzac docked at Saigon Port on May 30.
Officers and soldiers from HMAS Anzac are scheduled to meet their counterparts from the Vietnamese People’s Navy and participate in sharing professional knowledge of communications.
The guests will also participate in friendly sporting events and visit top tourist attractions in HCMC.
Colonel Darren Kerr, defense attaché at the Australian Embassy in Hanoi, called the visit a "great opportunity" to strengthen defense ties between the two countries.
He said Australia has helped train more than 1,500 military officers of the People's Army of VIetnam since 1999.
This is the 17th port call made by a Royal Australian Navy's vessel to Vietnam, and the 10th to HCMC.
The HMAS Anzac will conclude its visit on June 2.