Cooperation Spirit 2017 HADR tabletop exercise kicks off

China Military Online
Li Jiayao

NANJING, Dec. 7 (ChinaMil) -- The "Cooperation Spirit 2017" joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) tabletop exercise kicked off in Nanjing on Wednesday.

The venue of the joint exercise is located in the Naval Command College of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA). A total of 28 military and civilian rescue professionals from China, Australia, New Zealand and the United States participate in the exercise.

The scenario of the tabletop exercise is the search and rescue of a missing plane in the east waters of the Indian Ocean, where each participating country is offered a designated mission zone. The participants from the four countries set up their own command posts respectively, formulate an overall search and rescue plan, a search-and-rescue plans for air units and surface ships.

Prof. Chen Min with the Naval Command College, who acts as the exercise director team leader, said that the scenario of the exercise adopted the real data of sea conditions, hydrology, weather, tide and air-current to effectively enhance the authenticity and reliability of the exercise.

Delegates from countries and international organizations including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Papua New Guinea, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) East Asia Office, totaling 45 persons, will observe the exercise.

The "Cooperation Spirit" series exercise is one of the military cooperation projects jointly conducted by China, Australia, New Zealand and the United States in the area of military operations other-than-war, which is aimed to make the militaries of the four countries to be more capable of dealing with non-traditional security issues.



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