Two Royal Australian Navy ships will visit Vietnam from October 10 – 14 to strengthen cooperation between the two navies, according to the Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.
The two mine-hunters with 50 officials and sailors will meet with their Vietnamese counterparts to conduct charity work and other exchange activities, including training sessions on mine and underwater torpedo detection and destruction techniques.
The sailors will participate in sport activities with students at the Vietnam’s School of Naval Techniques and a rugby match with Vietnam Swan team from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology International University Vietnam.
HMAS Huon the and HMAS Yarra are the first and sixth, respectively, of six Huon-class mine-hunters built for the Royal Australian Navy by Australian Defense Industries in New South Wales, according to the Royal Australian Navy.
HMAS Huon is made of fiber reinforced plastic and has a unique single skin solid hull that has no ribs or frames and provides high underwater shock resistance and very low magnetic and noise levels. This hull is designed to flex inwards if an undersea explosion occurs nearby.
Meanwhile, HMAS Yarra’ unique hull design of shock resistant with a low magnetic and acoustic signature allows the ship to operate in hostile mine environments. The ship uses variable depth sonar to search for and prosecute mines.