Governor-General of Australia begins State visit to Vietnam

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Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove and his spouse are paying a four-day State visit to Vietnam (Photo: Australian Embassy in Vietnam)
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NDO – The Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove and his spouse began a four-day State visit to Vietnam on May 23, at the invitation of President Tran Dai Quang.

The Governor-General is accompanied by Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Craig Chittick, Deputy Official Secretary to the Governor-General Paul Singer, Director of Enabling Services Kerry Cox, Director of Strategic Implementation Tim Grainger, Media and Communications Advisor Sam Groves, among others.

Peter Cosgrove was born in Sydney in 1947. He attended Waverley College in Sydney and graduated in 1968 from the Royal Military College, Duntroon. He served in the army from 1971 to 1972. In 1972, he served as Aide de Camp to the Governor-General and worked as Commander of the International Task Force in East Timor in 1999.

Following his promotion to Lieutenant General, he was appointed Chief of Army in 2000. After a further promotion he became a General and served as Chief of the Defence Force from 2002-2005. He retired from the Australian Defence Force in 2005.

He was appointed by the Queensland Government to lead the taskforce in rebuilding communities in the Innisfail region following the devastation caused by Cyclone Larry in 2006. From 2007 to 2012, he chaired the Council of the Australian War Memorial, and served as Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University from 2010 until early 2014. He was sworn in as Governor-General of Australia in 2014.