Indian Navy’s INS Saryu, an indigenously built NOPV, is taking part in a week long ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Disaster Relief Exercise (DiREx) 2015.
The aim of ARF DiREx-15 is to exercise information sharing and networking among national agencies of this region towards providing Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) during natural calamities like Earthquakes, Tsunami, etc as well as Search and Rescue (SAR) for ships and aircraft lost at sea.
Disaster management continues to be a vital area for cooperation in the region. A consensus has thus emerged on the need to better mitigate, manage and respond to natural and man-made disasters due to the constant dialogue within ARF.
Participants in this exercise come from China, Malaysia, Thailand and India.
DiREx is taking place in Penang, Northern Malaysia from 24 to 28 May 2015. Co-hosted by Malaysia and China, the exercise includes Field Training Exercises like Collapsed Structure, Mass Evacuation, Chemical Leakage (HAZMAT), Road Traffic Accident, After Action Review and Search & Rescue Operations.
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