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DiREx-15
Jun 01, 2015

INS Saryu, an indigenously built Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV) based at the Andaman and Nicobar Command participated in a week long ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Disaster Relief Exercise (DiREx) 2015.

  • The aim of ARF DiREx-15 was to exercise information sharing and networking among national agencies of this region towards providing Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief during natural calamities like Earthquakes, Tsunami, etc as well as Search and Rescue 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.

  • This exercise was conducted in Penang, Northern Malaysia had participation from China, Malaysia, Thailand and India.

  • Co-hosted by Malaysia and China, DiREx-15 included Field Training Exercises like Collapsed Structure, Mass Evacuation, Chemical Leakage, Road Traffic Accident, After Action Review and Search & Rescue Operations.

  • The marine component of the exercise included Search and Rescue operations using a simulated maritime incident, and also included helicopter operations to locate survivors as well as diving operations to evacuate trapped personnel.

  • This was the third edition of DiREx with the previous two held in Philippines (2009) and Indonesia (2011).


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