Australian Embassy

Media release - 2 November 2016

Australian Navy warship HMAS WARRAMUNGA to pay a technical visit to Cam Ranh International Port

The Australian Navy warship, HMAS WARRAMUNGA will visit Vietnam from 02 to 05 November 2016 on a technical visit.  The visit is expected to strengthen the relationship between our two navies and to enhance the nation to nation ties between Australia and Vietnam.

The guided missile frigate HMAS WARRAMUNGA will arrive in Cam Ranh International Port on 02 November with a crew of 25 officers and 155 sailors. The Commander and crew will meet with senior officers and sailors from the Vietnamese People’s Navy to engage in a range of goodwill activities.  The crew will also participate in a friendly sporting activity at Headquarters Naval Region 4 as well as taking advantage of the opportunity to explore Vietnam’s rich culture and to meet the people of Vietnam.

Colonel Darren Kerr, Australian Defence Attaché in Vietnam, stated “This visit an excellent opportunity to build upon the Australian Vietnam Defence cooperation relationship that commenced in 1999 and has grown in size and complexity since that that time.  Since 1999, the Australian Defence Force has trained over 1,500 Vietnam People’s Army officers in Vietnam and Australia and is now assisting the Vietnam People’s Army to prepare for United Nations peacekeeping operations. I know that the officers and crew of HMAS WARRAMUNGA are looking forward to their visit to Cam Ranh International port as one of the highlights of their deployment.”

HMAS WARRAMUNGA is commanded by Captain Dugald Clelland, Royal Australian Navy (RAN). HMAS WARRAMUNGA is an ANZAC Class guided missile frigate with roles including air defence, anti-submarine and surface warfare, surveillance, interdiction and reconnaissance. Weighing 3,720 tons and 118 metres in length, HMAS WARRAMUNGA is armed with Evolved Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles, Harpoon Block 2 Anti-ship missiles, a Mk 45 127 millimetre gun and six Mk 32 torpedo tubes. HMAS WARRAMUNGA is also fitted with a flight deck and a hangar for a multi-role MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter and has a top speed of 27 knots.

Media Contact:

Colonel Darren Kerr, Australian Defence Attaché, Vietnam Mob 0903 444 945