Mine Sniffer Dogs gifted to Cambodia 31 March 2017
Government of India has recently gifted 15 mine sniffer dogs to the Royal Government of Cambodia. These specially-trained dogs would help in detection of mines and explosives and also take part in peacekeeping operations abroad. A handing over ceremony was held at NPMEC Training School Kampong Speu on 31 March 2017 which was presided over by H.E. Gen. Meoung Samphan, Secretary of State of the National Defense and Vice Chairman of National Coordination Committee and H.E. Naveen Srivastava, Ambassador of India to Cambodia. Several high ranking officials attended the event and witnessed demonstrations made by these trained dogs. Ministry of Defence, Government of India had earlier organized a specialized training course in October-November 2016 for Royal Cambodian Armed Forces personnel to handle the sniffer dogs.
Besides, a 3-member team led by Col. Ananya Boral from Ministry of Defence, Government of India visited Cambodia from 16-31 March 2017 to conduct peacekeeping training for the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces at National Center for Peacekeeping Forces, Mine and ERW Clearance (NPMEC) Training School in Kampong Speu. Ministry of Defence, Government of India has been conducting peacekeeping training capsules for RCAF personnel annually since 2008 which has considerably enhanced skills of RCAF personnel who are deployed in UN peacekeeping missions. To mark the closure of 2-week peacekeeping module, a ceremony was also held today at NPMEC, Kampong Speu. H.E. Gen. Meoung Samphan and H.E. Naveen Srivastava handed over certificates to RCAF personnel on their successful completion of training. Gen. Meoung Samphan expressed his deep appreciation to the Indian team for sharing their expertise and knowledge with the RCAF personnel.