HANOI, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Australian navy warship HMAS Sydney is visiting Vietnam's southern Ho Chi Minh City to enhance ties between Australia and Vietnam, and the two naval forces as well, reported local media on Tuesday.
The 4,200-ton HMAS Sydney, commanded by Captain Luke Charles- Jones, Royal Australian Navy, with 35 officers and 194 sailors on board, docked at Nha Rong Port in Ho Chi Minh City for the six-day good-will visit that runs through Saturday, according to Vietnam's state-run news agency VNA.
During their stay, the guest sailors would conduct a professional exchange on ship-borne helicopter operations, participate in a friendly sporting activity with cadets at the Naval Technical College, play football at the RMIT University in the city, and meet with physically-challenged children at the Binh Minh Special School, which is supported by LORETO Vietnam- Australia Program.
Vietnam and Australia have established bilateral defense cooperation relationship since 1999. So far, the Australian Defense Force has helped train over 1,200 Vietnamese People's Army officers in Vietnam and Australia.