ULAN BATOR, June 4 (Xinhua) -- An international military exercise, codenamed Gobi Wolf 2018, began on Monday in Mongolia's western province of Khovd.
Gobi Wolf 2018 is a five-day disaster response exercise and exchange event between the government of Mongolia and U.S. Army Pacific focused on interagency coordination.
Mongolia's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has hosted Gobi Wolf with support from Mongolian armed forces and conducted joint exercises with the U.S. Pacific Command since 2009, except for the years of 2013 and 2014, covering disaster scenarios common to Mongolia including earthquakes, floods and mining incidents, the NEMA said in a statement on Monday.
This year's exercise is co-organized under the theme "Organizing regional management and interaction" and in two stages, including classroom training and practices in replicated real-world situations.
The exercise will involve more than 650 participants, including those from Mongolia, the United States, international organizations, and embassies of France, Sri Lanka, Britain, Canada, South Korea, Australia, Japan, Thailand and Nepal to Mongolia.
During the exercise, the participants will share experiences and organize comprehensive training on search-rescue operations in swift river current and mountain bumps with the help of military dogs and emergency medical attention to disaster victims.
In addition, the training will be held on mobilizing women toward greater preparation in facing disasters and emergency situations.