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'Pacific Airlift Rally 2017' continues for the third day

'Pacific Airlift Rally 2017' continues for the third day

[September 13 2017]


The Pacific Airlift Rally 2017 (PAR 17) which began on Monday (11th September) is continuing at the Hotel Jetwing Blue in Negombo. Organized by the Pacific Air Force (PACAF), PAR 17 is a biennial symposium/air exercise involving the Air Forces of Pacific region nations. The event is organized by the PACAF, which is the air component of the United States Pacific Command, with a selected Air Force in the pacific region as a co-hosting nation. The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is co-hosting the event for the second time.

The aim of the Pacific Airlift Rally is to enhance military airlift interoperability and to build partnerships between nations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, with focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations. Events include an international seminar, a Command Post Exercise (CPX), which is a table top exercise focusing on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief coordination between the multiple countries and a Flying Training Exercise (FTX) to carry out disaster relief, para drop, para troop, cargo drop and various other tactical flying relating to the command post exercise scenario utilizing C-130 Hercules Aircraft.

The Exercise will be conducted in two parallel sub components. The Command Post Exercise will be conducted at the Negombo venue, while the Flying Training Exercise will be conducted at SLAF Base Katunayaka and SLAF Station Ampara. Air Force personnel from USA, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Australia, Vietnam are participating at the PAR 17.

During the second day's sessions, yesterday the opening of the Medical and Civil Engineering Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) and Command Post Exercise sessions were conducted at the venue. The symposium is scheduled to end on Saturday (16th September).

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