PLA constructs MOOTW arms force system
( Source: PLA Daily ) 2009-May-14 17:23
May 12 is the first Disaster Prevention and Reduction Day in China. The reporters learned from the Military Training and Arms Department of the General Staff Headquarters of the PLA that the PLA has preliminarily established an arms force system for military operations other than war (MOOTW) , consisting of 5 specialized forces including flood and disaster relief force, post-earthquake emergent rescue force, emergent rescue force for nuclear, chemical and biological disasters, emergent relief force for transportation facilities and international peacekeeping force.
The PLA engineering force has formed a total of 19 troop units for flood and risk relief shouldering the professional flood and risk relief task for China's major rivers.
The post-earthquake emergent rescue force consisting of the engineering troops from relevant military area commands and the medical workers from the Armed Police Force shoulders the emergent rescue task for key earthquake disasters in and out the country.
The emergent rescue force for nuclear, chemical and biological disasters consisting of the chemical defense troops from relevant military area commands and arms of services and the medical rescue workers from the Academy of Military Medical Sciences under the General Logistics Department of the PLA shoulders the emergent rescue task on the land, at sea and in seriously-radiated and polluted zones.
10 emergent risk relief groups for transportation facilities consisting of the engineering troops from the engineering force and the engineering troops from the Second Artillery Force of the PLA shoulders the task of assisting local governments in ensuring railway and highway transportation.
The international peacekeeping force consisting of engineering troops, transportation and medical personnel shoulders the mission of international peacekeeping under the UN framework.
The MOOTW arms force system will put more efforts into strengthening the weaknesses of the PLA in emergent commanding system, joint operation and comprehensive support and gradually enhance the capability of quick reaction, force projection, joint operation and professional support.
By Huang Wenfeng and Liu Feng'an