Sr. Col. Nguyen Nhu Canh and Ms. Masuzawa Tomoko check the quality of the road section that marks the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Japan.

The idea of building the road section was strongly agreed by Senior Colonel Nguyen Nhu Canh, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and Ms. Masuzawa Tomoko, Director for Defense Cooperation in the Indo - Pacific Region at Japan’s Ministry of Defense, head of the Japanese Experts’ Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations, the co-chair of the ADMM+ Experts’ Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations Cycle 4.

To complete this road which leads to the field training ground in the framework of the CEPPP-2023 at Battalion 31, Brigade 28 of the Air Defense - Air Force Service, Japanese engineers used 4,000 tons of stones and applied special techniques to ensure its durability.

During the road construction, Japanese engineering instructors guided engineering trainees on how to operate heavy engineering equipment and perform road construction techniques suitable to the terrains of U.N. peacekeeping missions.

Sr. Col. Nguyen Nhu Canh and Japanese engineering instructor Nakamu on the training ground
From left to right: Sr. Col. Nguyen Nhu Canh, Japanese engineering instructor Nakamu, and Ms. Masuzawa Tomoko

At CEPPP-2023, Japanese engineering instructors presided over the training for prospective engineers. Japanese peacekeeping experts and engineering officers were present in Vietnam very early to prepare for the training. Due to the nature of their work, the workplace of the Japanese engineering instructors was the training ground.

According to Sr. Col. Nguyen Nhu Canh, the discipline and sense of responsibility of Japanese engineering officers left a good impression on their counterparts from Vietnam and other ADMM+ countries. Japanese engineering instructors coordinated closely and effectively with their peers from Vietnam and other participating countries to ensure the high quality of their specialized lectures in terms of both theory and practice.

Col. Canh affirmed that the CEPPP-2023’s contents and training plan were agreed upon by both co-chairs at four meetings and three plan-making conferences and received high consensus from ADMM+ countries. As a result, the program created a very good practice environment with good simulations of real U.N missions, helping improve ADMM+ countries’ capabilities in deploying forces and engaging in U.N. peacekeeping operations and boost peacekeeping cooperation among them.

The road leads to the field training ground in the framework of the CEPPP-2023 at Battalion 31, Brigade 28 of the Air Defense - Air Force Service.
The 219 m road is built with 4,000 tons of stones.

According to the Vietnamese official, the closing ceremony of the CEPPP-2023 took place on September 21 to emphasize the imprint of the peacekeeping cooperation of the two countries whose ties were established five decades ago.

In a talk to the People's Army Newspaper’s reporter, Ms. Masuzawa Tomoko expressed her delight at the effective and close coordination between the two hosts of the CEPPP-2023 over the past two years, securing the success of the event.

She spoke highly of the value and significance of the event. According to her, CEPPP-2023 was a unique and unprecedented event with the participation of three peacekeeping forces, namely military observers, military engineers and military medical staff. During the event, the three forces learnt and joined training on common topics and specialized skills and participated in an integrated exercise. The successful organization of this program with all set goal achieved demonstrated the careful preparations of Vietnam and Japan.

Reported by My Hanh – Viet Trung – Duc Tinh

Translated by Mai Huong