On the morning of 20 January 2022, NPA Vietnam was honored to receive Col. Eric Larsen, Director, USARPAC Asia-Pacific Counter IED Fusion Center, at the clearance site of the Scorpion team in Gio Hai commune, Gio Linh district, Quang Tri province.
Ms. Nguyen Thi Dieu Linh, NPA Provincial Programme Manager in Quang Tri province provided the Col. Larsen on overview of mine action in Quang Tri province, and particularly NPA/Project RENEW demining activities.
Upon being briefed by Mr. Tran Chi Thieu, the NPA Chief Operations Field Evaluation (OFE) Expert, on the Bearcat machine and Scorpion detection system that NPA is deploying in Quang Tri, Col. Larsen observed demonstration by the Bearcat and Scorpion teams and was explained on improvements made on the technologies during the OFE.
The US government has provided a lot of support to mine action efforts in Vietnam and Col Larsen was extremely happy to see the engagement of the US Department of Defense in this specific project.
The field visit by Col. Larsen at this Vietnamese year-end time was a very nice work experience for NPA teams in Quang Tri before our national staff commence a holiday period to celebrate our Lunar New Year.