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Army February 2, 2012
Disaster experts team up
Maj Chris Linden
CHINESE and Australian troops joined forc-
es to share disaster relief experience during
Exercise Cooperation Spirit 2011 in China's
Sichuan province late last year.
Fifteen ADF humanitarian assistance and dis-
aster relief (HADR) planning specialists took
part in the exercise, which was based out of the
People's Liberation Army's (PLA) comprehensive
emergency response training base at Chongyi city.
Chinese Maj-Gen Zhang Peiming said the
exercise represented a step forward in relations
between the two countries.
"In recent years, the bilateral relations
between China and Australia have been progress-
ing smoothly and the mutual understanding and
trust between the two militaries is also deepen-
ing," he said.
"The joint exercise is a concrete meas-
ure taken by both sides to expand cooperation
and exchange, as well as to enhance our mutual
understanding and trust."
Ex Cooperation Spirit had ADF personnel
working alongside their PLA counterparts during
a discussion exercise, a field training exercise and
To simulate a real life scenario the practical
phases of the exercise were conducted in training
structures based on the damage that occurred in
the province's disastrous 2008 earthquake.
HQJOC's joint exercises and evaluation direc-
tor, Air-Cdre Dave Steele, said the exercise was
a significant milestone in the Australia-China
"This is a valuable opportunity to enhance
the complexity of our engagement in this area of
shared interest that has broader implications for
the region," he said.
Two nations with experience managing major disasters join forces to share knowledge and skills
To the rescue: Chinese rescue personnel evacuate a 'casualty' from a simulated earthquake scenario during the field phase of Ex Cooperation
Spirit 2011. Inset top, ADF doctor Flt-Lt Julianne Schliebs and a Chinese medic treat a simulated patient during the exercise. Inset bottom,
ADF and PLA personnel sit in on the opening brief of the the humanitarian and disaster relief exercise in China's Sichuan province.
Photos by Sgt Rob Nyffenegger
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