On the morning of 12 October, the Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Toowoomba and her crew led by Brigadier General Tony McCormack arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, beginning a friendship visit to Vietnam.

Welcoming the ship and her crew were representatives from the Naval Service Command, the 2nd Naval Area Command, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Foreign Affairs (Ministry of Defense), the 7th Military Region Command and some agencies and units in Ho Chi Minh City.

The visit of Royal Australian Navy ships to Vietnam is a meaningful activity to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries; under the Indo-Pacific Effort Program (IPE), which aims to strengthen cooperation between the two navies, contributing to promoting the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Australia.

Within the framework of the visit, officers and crew will have a number of activities, such as: Meeting and exchanging with officers and soldiers of the Vietnam People’s Navy; exchange and share professional experiences on military medical work on Navy ships and rescue and rescue; courtesy greetings to leaders of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, 7th Military Region Command, 2nd Naval Region Command; floral tributes at President Ho Chi Minh Monument.