Nepal, US armies to jointly train for disaster relief
Last Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013, 23:33
  
Kathmandu: A contingent of US Army personnel on Friday arrived in Nepal for a joint exercise focusing on disaster response training.

The main objective of the exercise is to develop the Nepal Army's role in directing international assistance during a disaster-related crisis.

The exercise will consist of joint parachute training to simulate a disaster response and search and rescue training with helicopter support, said a statement from the US Embassy here.

Two US Air Force C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft, which flew to Nepal today, will participate in the exercise. A C-130 aircraft will be used for parachute training on October 26.

The two armies will train specifically to access areas difficult to reach by road in the event of a major disaster. There will be a humanitarian aid and disaster relief expert exchange planned and executed by the Mahabir Ranger of Nepal Army, the statement said.

The Nepal Army and the US Army's Pacific Command recently completed a disaster response and emergency exercise in Kathmandu.

"The Nepal Army and the US Army often conduct exercises together as a sign of their continuing efforts to improve disaster response capabilities," the statement said.

PTI

First Published: Friday, October 18, 2013, 23:33


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