An Armidale-class patrol boat of the Australian Navy, HMAS Larrakia, docked at Saigon Port in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday for a four-day stopover.
The ship brought to the city a crew of 20 naval officers led by Commanding Officer of Attack Four, Lieutenant Commander David McPherson.
Sailors from the HMAS Larrakia are scheduled to lay a wreath at President Ho Chi Minh’s Monument and visit the High Command of Military Zone 7, the Vietnam Naval High Command, and the municipal Department of External Relations.
They will play volleyball with staff and students at the Naval Technical College and visit several places of interest in the city.
The guests will also visit a number of naval units in southern Vietnam.
This is the ninth time that an Australian naval ship has visited the city.
The visit is aimed at strengthening the friendship between the armies, in general, and the two navies, in particular, of Vietnam and Australia, contributing to the comprehensive partnership between the two countries.
The HMAS Larrakia visited Malaysia before arriving in Vietnam, and these stops are part of her six-week Southeast Asian Deployment, which will also include the Philippines and Palau.
The ship is scheduled to engage in LUMBAS 2014, a yearly maritime exercise between Australia and the Philippines.