US Army and Malaysian agencies collaborate in Pacific Partnership 2019 Field Training Exercise

Some of the personnel involved in the simulation exercise.

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SADONG JAYA, April 8: The National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) on Saturday held a successful simulation exercise together with the United States (US) Army through Pacific Partnership 2019.

In the two-day simulation exercise which began on April 5, the scenario presented simulated serious floods in Kuching, Bintulu, Miri and Kapit. The US government was among the first Partner Nations to mobilise its USNS Fall River vessel to assist in the rescue mission.

The exercise also saw 256 shelters being opened involving 91,203 victims.

A ‘rescue’ being carried out during the simulation exercise.

Several army trucks, ambulances and eight boats from various local agencies like the Malaysian Army, Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba), the Civil Defence Department and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) were also mobilised in the simulation exercise.

Other agencies involved were the police, Community Welfare Department, Rela and the Health Department.

A simulation exercise was held along Sungai Batang Sadong and SK Hj Bujang Rangawan Putin here which ended on April 6.

Officers and other personnel in a discussion during the simulation exercise.
Some of the personnel involved in the simulation exercise.

Malaysian Infantry First Division Commander Major General Dato’ Md Din Abu said in a statement yesterday that the objective of this exercise was to enhance collaboration between the various agencies in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions together with the US Army through the Pacific Partnership 2019.

The US Army was led by the mission chief US Navy Captain Randy Van Rossum, and the director for the simulation exercise was Colonel Mohamed Zaki Mohamed Mokhtar. — DayakDaily