Trivandrum: A multilateral Air Force exercise named ‘Samvedna’ will be conducted by Southern Air Command (SAC) from March 12-18, 2018. This is the first composite Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Air exercise in the South Asian Region and would involve representatives from Air Forces of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and UAE. However, Maldives would not be participating in this exercise.
‘Samvedna’ meaning ‘Empathy’ would ensure better understanding and sharing of response procedures between a number of friendly neighbouring nations. According to a press release from the Defence Ministry, the broad format of the exercise will include ground training and flying exercise.
Broadly, the entire settings of the Samvedna are based on an event of occurrence of a tsunami in the western coast of India originating from an earthquake in Makran subduction zone and resulting post-tsunami disaster management along the western coast and western islands of India. Flying and field activities undertaken by the respective Air Forces towards HADR will be practised under controlled conditions from the Air Force Station at Shankumugham in Thiruvananthapuram.
This exercise, being spearheaded by the Indian Air Force, is the first step by Air Forces of the region to practice and evolve a joint HADR capability. It would help in putting in place a basic framework for the conduct of Joint Air HADR operations, which will be further refined by subsequent exercises. This step is likely to lead to more coordinated and efficient HADR Air operations in the entire South Asian region when the need arises.
With an aim to galvanize all stakeholders in synergizing the unified HADR efforts, the multilateral Exercise being hosted by Southern Air Command will provide a clear understanding of the scope, role and task including challenges in air operations.
HADR operations have attracted the attention of the global community in recent years. Disaster response is highly time sensitive and is a key activity to save lives and reduce human suffering. Both national and international communities have been investing in disaster response to prepare for eventualities and save precious lives. Though civilian authorities are mandated to carry out Humanitarian relief, however, to minimize the loss of human life, all resources including military assets are invariably employed.
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