Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, recently wrapped up a busy inaugural visit to Vietnam where he met a number of government and military officials across the country.
Flying into the north of Vietnam after a one-day visit to Japan, where he met his Japanese counterpart Admiral Kawano, Chief of Navy held meetings with the Vietnamese Vice Minister of Defence and Chief of General Staff, Senior Lietenant General Do Ba Tee, and Australian Ambassador Mr Hugh Borrowman.
After leaving Hanoi, he flew to Ho Chi Minh City where he attended a Bilateral Counterpart meeting with Admiral Nguyen Van Hien followed by an official reception at Southern Navy Headquarters.
Vice Admiral Barrett's visit to Ho Chi Minh City coincided with a port visit by HMAS Larrakia (Attack Four embarked), and said Vietnam was an important partner for Australia both in terms of naval and diplomatic ties.
“It’s very pleasing to see the close cooperation that exists between our two navies,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.
“Already we have achieved some memorable milestones, both in terms of submarine rescue training and the training of Vietnamese personnel within the Australian Defence Force.
“We have been made to feel most welcome during our visit to Vietnam and I am sure the spirit of cooperation that we have been fostering over the past few years will continue to develop into the future,” he said.
While he was in Ho Chi Minh City, Vice Admiral Barrett joined Larrakia crew members and a team from the Vietnam Peoples Navy Technical College in a friendly game of volleyball.
Afterwards, he had morning tea in Larrakia’s junior sailors’ cafe, and met with the ship’s senior sailors, before attending a number of other official engagements.
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