Australian Defence Force personnel have travelled to Puttalam, Sri Lanka to take part in a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster relief (HADR) training activity conducted by the Sri Lankan Navy.
The Sri Lankan Navy Small Boat Squadron has rapid response units that are ready and postured to respond in the country’s waterways and are specially equipped to handle disaster scenarios.
The Rapid Action Boat Squadron (RABS) and the Rapid Response Rescue and Relief Unit (4RU) are an elite unit with two very different roles to play in the maritime space.
4RU is the Navy’s disaster response and recovery unit and, as part of IPE19, the unit put together several real world disaster situations at their highly effective simulation site.
The site features a coastal estuary system which replicates a flooded village where the unit demonstrated rescue operations from boat, land, by air and across water gaps.
A village buried beneath a landslide has also been cut into the landscape and the Australian contingent watched on as 4RU members conducted search and rescue operations with canines and special equipment.