Asia-Pacific armies cruise to discuss challenges

September 16, 2014 3:21 PM

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Asia-Pacific armies cruise to discuss challenges

Officers from the ranks of lieutenant colonels to lieutenant generals of the 32 nations’ platform discussed the issues of environmental threats on Monday, second day of the four-day seminar.

Bangladesh is co-hosting the event with the US Army Pacific after 22 years.

The multinational military seminar is a brainchild of US Army Pacific to discuss challenges and opportunities of the region’s land forces.

Colonel Ruben Segura of Chile and Brigadier General Dharma Bahadur Baniya of Nepal presented the keynote where they highlighted co-operation for better response to disaster.

Bangladesh Army’s vessel Landing Craft Tank (LCT) Shaktisanchar which is being used to carry tanks to remote island stations has been refurbished with air-conditioned seminar room.

The decks have been decorated like a dining hall at a convention centre.

The military officers in casual attire were engaged in serious discussion amid high security petrol around the vessel on Padma.

Commander of the US Army Pacific Command General Vincent Brooks and Chief of Army Staff General Iqbal Karim Bhuyan were onboard with their spouses.

A group of young musicians have performed English songs onboard while people on the river bank portrayed Bangladesh’s tradition and culture presenting colourful Palki dance and folk music.

Hundreds of people gathered and waved their hands as the heavily guarded ship was on the way back to the Mawa ferry terminal after more than two hours of cruise.

A group of painters have been seen drawing portrait of the foreign officers sitting scattered on the deck.

Tahmina Karim, wife of the Chief of Army Staff, presented those portraits to the officers at the end of the cruise.

উত্স: bdnews24.com

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