On the 18th August 2016 it will be 50 years since the Battle of Long Tan and 50 years since the Australian and New Zealand entered the Phuoc Tuy Province. This resulted in seven years of continual operations in the province until the withdrawal in 1972. In 2015 the former soldiers of the Liberation Army has extended the hand of friendship to their Australian counter parts at several ceremonies that were held in Vung Tau and Ba Ria Vietnam.
With the organizing committee of several veterans, a Gala Dinner will be held on the 18th August 2016 in Vung Tau. In attendance will be 40 Vietnamese members and several guests of honor from Australia including Lt Col Harry Smith SG MC (Ret), WO Keith Payne VC (Ret) and members from all branches of the Australian military veterans.