VMF & Australian's 51 FNOR

The Vanuatu Mobile Force conducting a field training exercise (Photo supplied)

The Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF) has successfully gone through a ‘search-and-rescue’ training on how to respond to incidents that happens at the non-combatant permission environment.

The training was conducted by a battalion of the Australian army called 51 Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment or 51 FNQR. 51 FNQR has been visiting Vanuatu for over 12 years.

It serves as a Regional Force Surveillance Unit, carrying out reconnaissance and surveillance tasks as its primary role.

The training it delivered focused on developing the ability of junior non-commissioned officers to respond to incidents in remote areas and beyond the reach of government departments, Captain Mark Lane, as the 51 FNQR Training Officer, said in a statement send to the local media.

“It involved mission planning, pre-task preparation, interoperability with other agencies, small-craft handling, shore patrolling, tactical-level incident response, first-aid and communications,” according to the statement.

Commander of the VMF, Lieutenant Colonel Job Esau, commended such trainings as it helps the VMF force to respond to real-life incidents, such as the landslide that occurred on Santo earlier this year because of Cyclone Lusi.

51 FNQR’s annual visits to Vanuatu are made possible through the Australian Government’s Defense Cooperation Program.

51 FNQR will be returning to Vanuatu next year, 2015, to continue training and further strengthen the relationship between the Australian Defense Force and the VMF.

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