Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021

Vietnamese team has had a thorough preparation for the International Army Games 2021 which is slated to take place from August 22 to September 4.
June 24, 2021 | 10:08
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Vietnam’s artillery team stands ready for Army Games 2021

Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
The artillery team is practicing.

A delegation of the Department of Military Training under the General Staff and the Artillery Arms of the Vietnam People's Army (VPA) on June 21 visited the artillery team, which is under training in Vinh Phuc northern province for the 2021 International Army Games.

The team will compete at the Masters of Artillery Fire category at the event.

Maj. Gen. Thai Van Minh, Director General of the Department of Military Training, spoke highly of the team members’ sense of responsibility, determination and endeavors to surmount difficulties during training.

Commander of the Artillery Arms Maj. Gen. Nguyen Hong Phong said that team members need to be aware that participating in the Army Games is not only an honor and pride but also a heavy responsibility. Therefore, each team member needs to focus on training their health and hone their skills further to achieve the best results in the upcoming Games.

Vietnam’s participation in and preparations to host the Games further affirm the determination and success of Vietnam in general and the People’s Army in particular in realizing the “dual targets” in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Topographer team ready for Army Games 2021

The Vietnam People's Army is sending troops to the Army Games 2021 to compete in the Meridian competition for the first time.

After three months of training, the Vietnamese topographer team is ready for the event.

The Meridian competition has three categories, including shooting, azimuth measuring, and relay.

Here are photos of the topographer team during training for the “relay” category:

Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Warming up before starting the training. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Checking mirrors and electronic geo-meters before training. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Provision of training targets. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021

Dismounting before reaching the starting line. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper

Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Starting. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Accelerating. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Overcomes obstacles. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
On the way to the designated position. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Crossing the rickety wooden bridge. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
The team leader preparing the equipment. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Member No.01 correcting the geometer's mirror. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Member No.02 signaling his readiness. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Inputting data into the geo-meter. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Troops have to master topographic mapping skills. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Despite harsh weather conditions, troops still train hard. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
The category requires much concentration in terms of knowledge, competence and physical strength. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Rushing to the finishing line. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Topographers completing the training section. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper

Service dog handlers train hard for Army Games 2021

Commander of the Vietnam Border Guard Force Major General Le Duc Thai on June 15 inspected the Vietnamese service dog handler team’s training for the 2021 International Army Games (or 2021 Army Games) at Border Guard School 24.

According to the Director of the school Senior Colonel Tran Quang Phe, over the past two and a half months, the team has been actively conducting training plans as scheduled.

During the training, the team has overcome physical health challenges for both handlers and service dogs, mastered grenade throwing and shooting techniques, as well as trained service dogs, among others.

Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
The team's training results at present have been improved in comparison to the same period last year. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper

Five pairs of service dogs and handlers will be selected to take part in the competition.

Reportedly, the team's training results at present have been improved in comparison to the same period last year, equivalent to about 70% of the results of the winner at Army Games 2020.

In the coming time, the team is determined to train hard in order to keep fit and raise competence so as to meet all requirements of this year’s competition.

In addition, Border Guard School 24 also prepared other procedures for the team to join the 2021 Army Games in accordance with the regulations of the organizing panel.

Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
The team receives a gift at the event. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper

Having inspected the team’s training, General Thai acknowledged and hailed their great efforts, responsibility and a high determination in fulfilling all assigned missions. General Thai also requested the team to increase training so as to gain the best results in the upcoming event.

Meanwhile, General Thai asked the Vietnam Border Guard Command’s Department of Politics to carry out Party and political work during training while strictly maintaining Covid-19 prevention and control for the team.

Last year, a service dog in the Vietnamese team competing at the International Army Games 2020 in Moscow went viral online for refusing to jump into a cold water tank during a competition for dogs and their handlers.

The video was captured during the “True Friend" competition that required dogs and their handlers to overcome several challenges including hurdling, jumping over a 1.8m-high wall, balance beam, swimming in the tank simulating a shallow river, and crawling underneath an armored tank.

Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
The Internet sensation, Aquadog The Dog. Photo: People's Army Newspaper

The dog, named Aquadog, didn’t have any difficulty until the water tank. While its handler got onto the approaching bridge and jumped into the water, the dog didn’t join him. Instead, the Belgian Malinois ran to wait for its handler by the way down.

Netizens assumed the dog has gotten used to the high temperatures in Vietnam so he didn’t want to get into cold water as the temperature in Moscow on that day was about 12 degrees Celsius.

A few days later, at a relay race within the “True Friend" competition, Aquadog pulled another surprise by completing all the challenges at a surprising speed of 50kph. With this result, the Vietnamese service dog team placed 4th out of eight teams.

Vietnam builds tank training ground to prepare for army games

Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
The tank training ground that is under construction in central Binh Dinh Province, May 2021. Photo: VnExpress

A training ground is being created in central Vietnam for tank crews to practice for the upcoming 2021 International Army Games.

It is coming up on a shooting range belonging to the National Military Training Center No.2 in Tay Son District, Binh Dinh Province, and, once completed, will have a scale and equipment similar to that of the Alabino Military Training Ground in Moscow, Russia, where the games' Tank Biathlon competition will take place.

During the 2020 International Army Games, Vietnam’s tank team triumphed at the final race of tank crews of the second division in the Tank Biathlon event. The Vietnamese team completed three rounds of competition in 2 hours, 12 minutes and 42 seconds, bringing down 13 out of the total 24 targets.

Two Vietnamese warships to compete at the Army Games 2021 for first time

Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021
Vietnam's 015 Tran Hung Dao vessel off the coast of Japan during a visit in 2018. Photo by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Vietnam will send two warships 015-Tran Hung Dao and 016-Quang Trung to compete at the 2021 International Army Games held by Russia this August, according to the Vietnam Navy newspaper.

The two missile defense vessels of Vietnam will compete in the "Sea Cup" with four categories, including Marine skills, fighting against sinking at the onshore training facility, usage of salvage vehicles, and artillery fire tests.

015 Tran Hung Dao and 016 Quang Trung are two missile defense vessels built by Russia under Project 11661E "Gepard". They have been employed by Brigade 162 of the Vietnam People's Navy since February 2018.

The ship is equipped with many modern weapons manufactured by Russia under a contract signed with the Vietnam Navy, in order to build up a regular naval force and improve the capacity to protect the sea and islands of the country.

The Vietnamese Gepard-class defense vessels are stealthy, able to track, search and destroy surface ships and submarines. At the same time, they can perform missions of air defense, escorts, and patrol to protect the territorial sea and exclusive economic zone independently or operate in teams.

Vietnam ends Army Games 2020 with three bronze medals, one champion cup

In its third year at the International Army Games, Vietnam took part in 10 competitions, bringing home three bronze medals and a champion cup.

The Vietnamese People's Army sent a team of 125 officers and men to last year’s games to compete in 10 events and attend the International Military-Technical Forum 2020.

It won the bronze in Emergency Area for emergency rescue units, Safe Route for combat engineering units, and Confident Reception for anti-aircraft missile units.

Vietnamese team gears up for Int'l Army Games 2021

Members of the Vietnamese team at the Sniper Frontier competition of the 2020 International Army Games. Photo by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

Vietnam was also crowned champion and won the cup in Group 2 of the Tank Biathlon, beating Abkhazia, Congo, Laos, Myanmar, Qatar, South Ossetia, and Tajikistan.

However, the Group 2 result did not count toward the medal tally.

Other events Vietnam competed in include Safe Environment for reconnaissance crews, Emergency Area for emergency rescue units, True Friend for dog handlers, Field Kitchen, Masters of Artillery Fire, Sniper Frontier, and Military Medical Relay Race.

In all, Russian finished first with 25 gold medals, four silvers and one bronze, followed by Belarus, Uzbekistan, and China.

International Army Games 2020 was held in Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan from August 23 to September 5. More than 5,000 participants from 156 teams from over 30 countries and regions competed in the event.

The International Army Games is an annual Russian military sports event organized by the Ministry of Defense of Russia (MoD). The event, which was first staged in August 2015, involves close to 30 countries taking part in dozens of competitions over two weeks to prove which is the most skilled. The games have been referred to as the War Olympics. In addition to the competition, the International Army Games includes a military theme park, a recruitment station, and souvenir shops.

According to the Ministry of Defence of Russia, this year’s Army Games will be held from August 22 to September 4 with 13 host nations, including Russia, Armenia, Belarus, India, Kazakhstan, Qatar, China, Mongolia, Serbia, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

Of the 34 competitions, Vietnam will host the Military Medical Relay Race and the second group stage of Sniper Frontier contests for countries in the Asia-Pacific region, said Major General Tran Van Ba, deputy director of the Department of Politico-Military Training under the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army (VPA).

A total of 277 teams from 41 countries and territories will compete in 34 categories. The first of them, the Sayan March, will take place from April 14 to 17 in the Krasnoyarsk Territory at the Ergaki mountain training base.

Three new competitions will be held during this year's games: "Meridian" - for specialists of the military topographic service; "Tactical shooter", which is based on the elements of the tactical army shooting from various small arms; and the “Army of Culture” competition of creative teams will receive further development.

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