China wins runner-up in Open Water competition in Russia

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Yao Jianing
2016-08-08 16:57

The Chinese team participates in the Open Water contest held in Murom of Vladimir Region in Russia, Aug. 6, 2016. (Xinhua/Bai Xueqi)

MUROM, VLADIMIR Region, August 8 (ChinaMil) -- China won the second place in the finals of the Open Water contest of the International Army Games 2016 held in Murom of Vladimir Region in Russia on Aug. 6.

Teams from Russia, China and Serbia competed in the finals of the Open Water contest held on the Oka River on Aug. 6. The relay race requires each team to complete tasks including building a 60-ton ferry, transporting ammunition and evacuating injured men with inflatable boat, amphibious transport vehicle and motorboat.

The most intense scene in the competition is that 110 officers and soldiers from a pontoon bridge unit with the PLA engineering troops competed against Russian rivalries for the championship. Russia has selected the best troops to participate in the race.

The finals of the contest kicked off on the morning of Aug. 6. Teams from Russia, China and Serbia used floating vessels to transport main battle tanks, self-propelled howitzers, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy equipment to the far side of the 300-meter-wide river following required routes.

Hu Weizheng, Chinese team leader for Open Water and deputy director of the Political Department of the 20th Group Army of the PLA, said that all the equipment in the race were provided by Russia and these equipment were hugely different from active equipment of the PLA and the Chinese team only had five days of training time.

However, the Chinese team still won the runner-up, reflecting the high level of professionalism of the officers and soldiers of Chinese pontoon bridge troops, Hu Weizheng said.

Hu said that Chinese and Russia militaries have strengthened mutual understanding, enhanced friendship and deepened mutual trust through the competition. And this provides useful experience and an important foundation for future higher level cooperation in broader areas, he added.

The 15-day International Army Games 2016 kicked off in Moscow region in Russia on July 30. A total of 18 countries including Russia, China and Kazakhstan will participate in 23 contests. Kazakhstan will also host Masters of Artillery Fire and Sniper Frontier contests for the first time this year.

China sends 22 teams to participate in 17 army games, 2 navy games and 3 air force games.

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