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.
“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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