VIETNAM 1965-72

HMAS Sydney (III) was awarded the battle honour VIETNAM 1965-72 for 24 voyages to Vietnam, amounting to 25 operational visits to Vung Tau, earning her the famous nickname 'Vung Tau Ferry'. She transported 16094 troops, 5753 deadweight tons of cargo and 2375 vehicles during that time.

Left: Members of 5 RAR conducting weapons training enroute to Vietnam, circa 1969. (Courtesy Peter MacDonald) Centre: Sydney became a familiar sight ferrying troops and equipment to and from the war zone. Right: Sydney at anchor in Vung Tau, circa 1969.
Left: Members of 5 RAR conducting weapons training enroute to Vietnam, circa 1969. (Courtesy Peter MacDonald) Centre: Sydney became a familiar sight ferrying troops and equipment to and from the war zone. Right: Sydney at anchor in Vung Tau, circa 1969.

Australia's Naval Commitment in the Vietnam Operational Area

All HMA ships, Fleet Air Arm squadrons and operational units allotted for duty in this area during Australia's naval commitment to the Vietnam War are:

HMA Ships

Fleet Air Arm Squadrons

Clearance Diving Teams (CDT)

Note: CDT Three award to be carried by CDTs One and Two whose members comprised this unit, in keeping with current practice.