RAAF flies Vietnamese peacekeepers to South Sudan

A Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster has transported more than 60 Vietnamese military personnel deploying to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

CAPTION: Vietnam’s President Võ Văn Thưởng with peacekeepers from the Vietnam People’s Army Level Two Field Hospital contingent – Rotation Five, alongside a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster during a farewell ceremony from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to South Sudan. Photo by Corporal Dan Pinhorn.

RAAF provided the strategic airlift for Vietnamese soldiers and equipment from Ho Chi Minh City to Juba, South Sudan, enabling Vietnam to rotate their staff at the role 2 field hospital.

Vietnam’s President Võ Văn Thưởng attended a farewell ceremony held in honour of the peacekeepers departure from Ho Chi Minh City.

Australia’s Chief of Joint Operations Lieutenant General Greg Bilton said Australia and Vietnam’s deepening defence relationship enabled both nations to make an active contribution as regional partners to the maintenance of the global rules-based order.

Peacekeepers from the Vietnam People's Army Level Two Field Hospital contingent - Rotation Five, onboard a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster bound for South Sudan. Photo by Sergeant Nicci Freeman.
Vietnamese peacekeepers  onboard a RAAF C-17A Globemaster bound for South Sudan. Photo by Sergeant Nicci Freeman.

“Vietnam is an important partner for Australia,” Lieutenant General Bilton said.

“We share a strategic interest in maintaining a peaceful and stable Indo-Pacific [so how does land-locked South Sudan play into that? – Ed].

“Our militaries work collectively and learn from each other – not only through this close peacekeeping partnership [ahem – taxi ride – Ed], but also through professional military education and skills-exchange programs.

“This is the fifth year Australia has been able to provide the strategic airlift to assist Vietnam rotate their military personnel through UNMISS.

“I am proud of the work we are doing together to strengthen our enduring partnership to support the important work of the United Nations.”

 

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2 thoughts on “RAAF flies Vietnamese peacekeepers to South Sudan

  • 16/07/2023 at 1:56 pm
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    Some things happen that just amaze; this is one of them.
    Great to see though.
    May our relationship with Vietnam continue to deepen.
    We have many shared interests; hopefully than can continue to smooth over our differences.
    Hard to forecast the future but with such events as this, hard to suppress one’s optimism!

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  • 08/07/2023 at 5:28 pm
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    It is increasingly difficult to keep up with the Who, Why and When with all the killing the A.D.F. does.

    Last Century, Australia fought AGAINST Japan, Germany, Italy, Vietnam, Indonesia, and fought WITH China and Russia.
    This Century, Australia has REVERSED itself, and ganged up with it’s former ENEMIES to fight against it’s former ALLIES!

    W.T.F.?

    I mean, really!

    W.T.F.?

    In between all THAT, let us NEVER forget.

    The A.D.F. killed a LOT of Iraqi’s, Syrians and Afghans, indelibly staining our Honour doing so, and for WHY nobody can say.

    People can argue the above whys and wherefores endlessly, though I am CERTAIN of one thing that would help stop this endless killing for the sake of killing.

    Neutrality for Australia.

    DUTY FIRST.

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