The event was chaired by Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Defense Minister, Head of the Vietnam inter-sectoral working group, and Head of the Defense Ministry’s Steering Committee on Vietnam’s participation in UN peacekeeping operations with the involvement of representatives of relevant ministries and sectors.

Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh inspects the L2FH Rotation 2.

After listening to the report from the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations (VNDPKO), General Vinh highly praised the L2FH Rotation 2’s efforts, particularly in grasping the operations and the experience shared by the L2FH Rotation 1. The deputy defense minister required the hospital’s leadership to make thorough consideration in ensuring that the procurement of supplies and medical equipment should meet the practical needs of the mission, noting that all the hospital's personnel should effectively contribute to reducing plastic waste.

Lieutenant Colonel Vo Van Hien, Director of the L2FH Rotation 2, said that four members of the hospital have arrived in Bentiu to prepare for the transfer of missions between the two Vietnamese level-two field hospitals. The transferring process will be implemented right after the arrival of personnel and assets of the L2FH Rotation 2, he added.

* The same day, the VNDPKO launched a training course on the operation of heavy engineering equipment for Vietnamese peacekeepers. The course falls within the framework of the UN Triangular Partnership Project (TPP) between Vietnam, the United Nations and Japan.

Delegates in a group photo

The opening ceremony saw the presence of Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, representatives of the Vietnamese Defense Ministry and the Japanese Embassy, UN coordinators and international observers, among others.

Nineteen lecturers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force are experienced experts in operating heavy engineering equipment for the UN peacekeeping operations. During the course, 20 attendees from the Engineer Corps of the Vietnam People’s Army will be equipped with knowledge on the operation, maintenance and repair of the heavy engineering equipment. They will also undergo practical training with military equipment at Engineer Brigade 249.

Previously, General Vinh hosted receptions for Julian Otinkorang, Deputy Project Manager of the TPP of the UN, and Osamu Yamanaka, a representative of the Japanese Government.

Translated by Trung Thanh