Vietnam and Australia cooperate in United Nations peacekeeping
|Vietnam and Australia cooperate in United Nations peacekeeping missions: President Vo Van Thuong at farewell ceremony for Vietnamese Peacekeepers at Tan Son Nhat Airport on June 29, 2023. (Photo: Embassy of Australia in Vietnam)
A farewell ceremony for peacekeepers from the fifth rotation of the Level Two Field Hospital and the second rotation of the Engineering Company was held at Tan Son Nhat Airport on 29 June 2023.
This ceremony was hosted by President Vo Van Thuong and attended by Deputy Minister for National Defence and Chief of General Staff Nguyen Tan Cuong, Deputy Minister for National Defence Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien.
|Vietnam and Australia cooperate in United Nations peacekeeping missions: Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Andrew Goledzinowski (wearing cap), Australian Defence Attaché to Vietnam GPCAPT Mick Jansen and Australian Consul General Ms Sarah Hooper at farewell ceremony for Vietnamese Peacekeepers
Australia and Vietnam share a growing and deepening defence relationship, working together through Peacekeeping to make an active contribution to international security. During a visit to Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations earlier this year, the Governor General of Australia, and Commander-in-Chief of the Australian Defence Force, H.E. General David Hurley, said, “Australia is very proud to be able to work hand-in-hand with Vietnam, helping you to deploy your equipment, your people, and to bring you back safely”
The Governor General’s words at Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations were played to the Vietnamese peacekeepers at the farewell ceremony in Tan Son Nhat: “Thank you, Vietnam, for the quality of the men and the women that your armed forces produce to support peacekeeping efforts around the globe. It is truly commendable that in a very short time, the quality of your service, the quality of your results, and the dedication that you have exhibited has been able to be shown to the world”
|Vietnam and Australia cooperate in United Nations peacekeeping missions: Vietnamese Peacekeepers in front of an Australian C-17 preparing to take them to South Sudan. (Photo: Embassy of Australia in Vietnam)
In addition to providing strategic lift for the contingent, Australia delivers English language training for Vietnamese peacekeepers to enable them to operate their hospital effectively in the multinational UN mission. Australia also provides bespoke training for Vietnamese Peacekeepers in fields such as aeromedical evacuation, logistics and sustainment. The bilateral defence relationship also includes senior visits and dialogues, professional military and post-graduate education, military medicine cooperation and military skills exchanges.
|Vietnam and Australia cooperate in United Nations peacekeeping: Equipment being loaded onto an Australian C-17. (Photo: Embassy of Australia in Vietnam)
The image of Vietnamese peacekeepers deploying on an Australian C-17A has become an enduring symbol of the deepening defence relationship. 2023 also marks the 50th anniversary of the Australia-Vietnam diplomatic relationship. This year, both countries look forward to elevating peacekeeping cooperation even further through the establishment of a Peacekeeping Partnership.
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has transported personnel and equipment for Vietnam’s Level 2 Field Hospital in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for a fifth time since 2018.
|Vietnam and Australia cooperate in United Nations peacekeeping missions: An Australian C-17 on the tarmac at Tan Son Nhat Airport. (Photo: Australian Embassy in Vietnam)