BCG-US Army joint training held


DHAKA: The annual military training exercise between Bangladesh Coastal Guard (BCG) forces and US military has been held recently to improve capabilities and effectiveness of the BCG in planning and executing disaster relief support to coastal communities.

The joint training titled ‘Balance Buffalo Disaster Response’ was held on December 8 and 15, said a press release on Wednesday.

As part of the training, a team of doctors comprised of the physicians from BCG, US Army and local upazila medical treated 670 locals of Sangu and Teknaf area in Chittagong Division, the news release added.

The programme was sponsored by US PACOM which was executed by the BCG members.

US Department of Defense paid for the programme while a joint-team comprised BCG and US Army physician.

Such joint-training programme was first held in Sylhet in 2008 which has been going on for several years, according to a US press release.

This training is a part of an integrated approach to improving the capabilities and effectiveness of the BCG in planning and executing disaster relief support to coastal communities in Bangladesh`s vulnerable littoral region, the news release claimed.

To conduct humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, law enforcement, anti-piracy and anti-smuggling operations, the US government is sponsoring the construction of 30 CCMCs in Bangladesh`s coastal region in order to provide the BCG with a platform.

As a result of this successful training, the US military will continue to develop and build the important partnership with the Bangladeshi military and security forces in support of the country`s safety and disaster response capability, it added.


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