Taiwan to stage disaster relief drill in South China Sea

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/11/28
By: Chu Tze-wei, Lu Hsin-hui and S.C. Chang

Taipei, Nov. 28 (CNA) Taiwan will stage a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise in the

CNA file photo

CNA file photo

waters around Taiping Island in the South China Sea on Tuesday, the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said on Monday.

Three aircraft and eight ships will take part in the exercise, dubbed “Nanyuan No. 1.” Nanyuan means assistance to the south. The exercise is designed to demonstrate Taiwan’s humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capability, according to CGA.

Participants from the coastguard and navy will simulate fire fighting operations on a foreign freighter in waters near Taiping Island in the Spratlys and rescuing crew members, according to CGA.

The exercise will allow participants to practice reporting a maritime accident and the division of labor needed to provide assistance in such situations.    [FULL  STORY]

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