Navy people from Vietnam and Australia have met for a friendly match on the volleyball court during the RAN’s South East Asia Deployment.
A combined team from HMA Ships Toowoomba and Success played against a team of cadets from the Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) Technical College during a port visit to Ho Chi Minh City.
The team arrived to a warm reception in front of a large crowd of enthusiastic spectators. The match was to be a best of three sets, rally point scoring and first to 25 points per set.
The RAN team fought hard in the first set but were quickly defeated by a well-drilled VPN team. Realising that the RAN team was outmatched, the hosts offered to mix VPN and RAN players.
The final two sets were then played with teams made up of a combination of players from both sides, which made for an enjoyable time for players and spectators alike.
Flight Commander HMAS Toowoomba, Lieutenant Commander Joel Cooper said it was a magnificent experience to play a match with the VPN during the port visit.
“The Vietnamese people were truly gracious hosts.
“Although we were outmatched, the friendships developed today will help build on the already strong relationship between our Navies,” he said.
The matches came as Australia and Vietnam celebrated the 20th anniversary year of defence cooperation between countries.
HMA Ships Anzac, Toowoomba and Success are currently deployed to South East Asia for approximately three months, conducting port visits and developing interoperability with nations in the region.