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Australia and Vietnam have recently completed their first Combat Shooting Skills Training Exchange activity.

In this new area of defence cooperation, Australian Army instructors coached a group of 50 Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) soldiers to master new skills and techniques using their service pistols and rifles, over 10 days of intensive training.

Sen. the Hon Linda Reynolds, Australian Minister for Defence and Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Nghia, VPA Deputy Chief of General Staff, attended the closing ceremony, which included a live-fire demonstration of the VPA soldiers’ new combat shooting skills.

Both leaders remarked that the friendships formed between Australian and Vietnamese soldiers during activities like these support closer defence ties between our nations.