The frigate HMAS Anzac of Australia is paying a three-day visit in Cambodia, from Oct. 18-20, as part of its flagship regional engagement activity, Indo Pacific Endeavour 2021 (IPE21).
The ship of 118 metres long, 14.8 metres wide and 6.20 metres deep led by Admiral Mal Wise, Commander of Indo-Pacific Endeavour at Royal Australian Navy docked at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port this morning.
Rear Admiral Ros Veasna, Deputy Commander of Ream Naval Base, warmly welcomed the arrival of the HMAS Anzac.
According to the Embassy of Australia in Phnom Penh, this is the first Royal Australian Navy ship visit to Cambodia since 2016 and will be a contactless visit due to COVID-19.
HMAS Anzac brings personal protective equipment (PPE) and other COVID-19 related medical supplies to support Preah Sihanouk province and the Royal Cambodian Armed Force’s (RCAF) fight against COVID-19, it added.
“The visit also provides an opportunity for us to build our practical naval cooperation and exchange ideas on women peace and security through a virtual seminar to be held during the visit,” the embassy underlined. “We thank Cambodia for facilitating this visit in the midst of ongoing COVID-19 logistical challenges.”