Military officers from the Navies, Air Forces, Coastguards, Border Guards, and Defence Ministries of Southeast Asian countries have been participating in an international training course in Exclusive Economic Zone Protection provided by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence.
25 military officers from Vietnam (9), Indonesia (6), Malaysia (3), Brunei (3), Thailand (2), and the Philippines (2) attended the course which was organised at the Pullman Hotel in Da Nang from 9 to 13 May 2016. Topics discussed have included: international maritime organisations and legislation; physical maritime threats, and how to counter them; fishery protection; the global maritime distress and safety system, search and rescue, and the agencies who conduct them; and environmental issues and disaster management.
Lieutenant Commander Ted Bath, from the Royal Navy’s Maritime Warfare School, who is delivering the week-long course, said:
It is a tremendous privilege to welcome so many high calibre officers from 5 regional nations’ military forces to such a great venue in Vietnam to enhance their understanding of the issues involved in EEZ management and protection operations.
This is the first time that United Kingdom military personnel have delivered training in Vietnam, marking a significant step forward in the 2 nations’ training cooperation. The UK aspires to run similar more practically-focused training with the Vietnamese People’s Navy in the near future, as well as to share further experiences with Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defence through facilitating bilateral workshops. As the UK’s Defence Attaché to Vietnam, Group Captain Tim Below said:
I look forward to continuing to deepen the Defence relationship between our 2 countries through further opportunities to share experience in other areas of operations in the months ahead.
Please see photos of this training course in our Flickr