Vietnam and India to Conduct Joint Peacekeeping Exercise in Month Ahead

The 2023 Vietnam-India Bilateral Army Exercise (VINBAX), which is being held in Vietnam, marks the 4th bilateral UN Peacekeeping exercise between the two countries. It is also the second field exercise on peacekeeping specifically involving their respective armies.

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Senior Lieutenant General Phung Si Tan, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) on December 8 chaired a rehearsal of the opening ceremony of the Vietnam – India Bilateral Army Exercise (VINBAX) 2023, which is scheduled for December 11 – 21 at National Military Training Centre 4, VNA reported.

Tan also inspected preparations for and had a meeting with the steering committee on the organization of the exercise on United Nations peacekeeping.

Exercises to assess the capacity of United Nations peacekeeping soldiers. Image: VNA
Exercises to assess the capacity of United Nations peacekeeping forces. Image: VNA

Colonel Pham Manh Thang, director of the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations (VDPO) under the Ministry of National Defence, said Vietnam and India have closely coordinated for the exercise, adding that all participating forces are ready, as well as a simulation venue and necessary equipment are in place for the field exercise.

The participating forces will carry out exercises that are close to the actual operations and tasks of the engineering team and military medical team, including the deployment of an additional Level-1 field hospital joining UN peacekeeping operations, thereby improving professional capabilities and coordination capacity between engineering and military medical forces.

In addition to professional activities, VINBAX 2023 includes reception activities, sports exchanges, cultural and art performances, and tours of cultural establishments, contributing to enhancing understanding, friendship, and connection among the participants.

VINBAX 2023, hosted by Vietnam, is the fourth UN peacekeeping exercise between Vietnam and India and the second field exercise on peacekeeping between the two countries’ militaries

On September 13-20, Vietnam and Japan co-hosted the Competency Evaluation Programme for Prospective UN Peacekeepers (CEPPP) and the Experts’ Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations Cycle 4. The programme is within the framework of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM )

This is the first time Vietnam has hosted a multilateral activity on UN peacekeeping with a large scale in terms of both forces and means, contributing to affirming its role, prestige, position and contribution. Vietnam’s contribution to multilateral cooperation mechanisms on UN Peacekeeping in the region and within the framework of ADMM-Plus.

The organization of bilateral exercises between Vietnam and India on UN peacekeeping is a continuation activity in 2023, contributing to strengthening international cooperation between Vietnam and partner countries in this field.

After nearly 10 years of implementing the project on Vietnam’s participation in United Nations peacekeeping activities, Vietnam has sent 786 officers and soldiers to perform tasks at UN peacekeeping missions.

They have always promoted their roles and responsibilities in their assigned positions and have been recognised and highly appreciated by the UN and international friends.

Hannah Nguyen