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Air Defence Division 367 implements 3 central measures for combat training and readiness

The Air Defence Division 367 under the Air Defence - Air Force Service is tasked with managing and defending the Homeland’s airspace in the South. Clearly understanding the assigned task and new requirements and challenges on the surface-to-air front, over the past years, the Division’s Party Committee and Command have led and directed closely the performance of its task to unceasingly improve its synergy and combat strength. In this regard, the Division has concentrated on implementing three central measures for the combat training and readiness work and drawn many valuable lessons.

The opening ceremony of training season of 2019

First, the Division has attached great value to raising the efficiency and effectiveness of all-level party committees and commands’ leadership and direction as well as cadres and soldiers’ awareness towards the task of combat training and readiness. Its units have frequently rendered their cadres and soldiers fully aware of resolutions and directives on combat training and readiness, especially the Resolution 765-NQ/QUTW by the Central Military Commission and the Resolution 558-NQ/ĐU by the Service’s Party Committee on “enhancing the quality of training in the period of 2013-2020 and beyond”. On a yearly basis, the Division’s Party Committee issues a special resolution on leading the combat training and readiness work, with priority given to raising the leadership of party committees and commissars and renewing all-level commands’ management and operation over this important work. At the same time, it has directed all-level party committees and commands to step up the work of political and ideological education to make troops fully understand the significance, importance, and necessity of combat training and readiness in the new situation as well as advantages, difficulties, goals, and requirements. The Division has adopted various measures for dealing with fearfulness of hardships and insufficient regard for this central task. In the process, its offices and units have actively renewed the method of education in line with each group of troops and reality, combined military training with political and legal education and discipline management, with emphasis placed on educating traditions of the Service and Division in order to arouse the pride and honour to be soldiers of a heroic Division, raise their responsibility for combat training and readiness, build up their political zeal and determination, and promote the spirit of “daring to fight, knowing how to fight, being determined to fight, and winning victory” in the new condition. Moreover, the Division has enhanced the implementation of the Determination to Win Emulation Movement, the 12th Politburo’s Directive 05-CT/TW on studying and following Ho Chi Minh’s ideology, ethics, and lifestyle, and the Campaign entitled “promote tradition, devote talent, deserve to be Uncle Ho’s soldiers” as an incentive to better perform the task of combat training and readiness. Thanks to the work of education, 100% of the Division’s cadres and soldiers have political zeal, proactively, creatively overcome all difficulties, and successfully fulfil the task of combat training and readiness.

Second, further renewing the content, organization, and method of combat training - a breakthrough in improving the quality of combat training and readiness. To that end, the Division has reviewed, adjusted, supplemented, and renewed the content, program, and method of training according to the motto of “basics, practicality, thorough grasp, safety, and economization”. Focuses have been placed on training cadres and combat teams synchronously and intensively, taking practical training as the main, increasing night-time training, field training, and training in the hi-tech warfare condition in accord with the existing materiel, objects of struggle, and operational areas. Under the approved training plan, the Division has directed offices and units to make preparations for training carefully, closely organize refresher courses to enhance the staff work and training capacity and professional competence of all-level cadres and especially those who are in charge of training. Due to a great diversity of the Division’s forces and the modernization of its weapons and technical equipment, it has proactively built a bank of exercises for combat teams, radar stations, air defence artillery companies, missile battalions, and headquarters of regiments and Division, while attaching importance to training troops to master new materiel. Units have organized basic training for all soldiers, inadequate combat teams, and full combat teams of missile, air defence artillery, radar, signals, and reconnaissance. The Division has required its units to train their troops to master individual combat skills and joint combat coordination (company, battalion, and radar station); to enhance the manoeuvrability and capability in combat deployment in line with diversion and camouflage in response to the enemy’s air attacks with hi-tech weapons. Besides, the Division has directed all-level cadres to actively study the enemy’s methods and tricks of airborne operation, review, develop, and apply the theories about air defence operation in the condition of hi-tech warfare to organizing training to raise units’ combat readiness capacity. Also, significance has been attached to renewing military contests and method of assessing the training results, associating party committees, commands, and key cadres’ responsibility with the training results of offices and units, combining combat training with discipline management and physical training, and enhancing troops’ resilience and manoeuvrability. On a yearly basis, the Division organizes field training and live-firing joint exercises, practises shifting the combat readiness states, and takes part in defensive zone exercises with the local armed forces, thereby making contributions to raising its training quality. In the Service’s Military Contest of 2018, the Division’s combat team of C75-M3 warhead assembly line won the first prize, the combat team of missile regiment headquarters won the third prize, and the combat team of C125-2TM warhead assembly line won the third prize. In the live-firing exercise of 2018, 4 combat teams from the Division successfully fulfilled their task while 3 out of 4 teams of the Division were given the Flag of Good Shooting Detachments by the Service Commander.

A live firing exercise in 2018

At present, the airspace under the Division’s management has a high flight frequency with hundreds of flights each day. Thus, in addition to improving its training quality, the Division has raised cadres and soldiers’ combat readiness awareness, strictly maintained the order and regulations for combat readiness at all levels, from Division Headquarters to detachments, ensured the readiness of personnel, materiel, means, and logistics support, and kept a close eye on all operations in the air. At the same time, it has improved the quality of exploiting and using the System of National Airspace Warning and Protection (VQ-1M), proactively reviewed, adjusted, supplemented, and completed the system of combat documents and projects, and practised them under the Directive 27/CL-BTTM by the Chief of General Staff on handling the air defence operation situation. The Division has closely cooperated with the authorities and armed forces in the region in ensuring the absolute safety of battlefields and bases, thereby contributing to maintaining political security and social order and safety in the area. Over the past many years, the Division has not fallen into passivity, particularly in major political events and on national holidays; it has safeguarded the airspace under its management in all situations.

Third, well performing the work of ensuring safety in combat training and readiness. As a technical combat unit, the Division’s Party Committee and Command have considered this work as a deciding factor in the fulfilment of its political task. At present, the Division is managing and using a large number of weapons and technical equipment. Some of them lack synchronicity and stability. Therefore, there is a high risk of being unsafe technically. Besides, the air defence force’s lack of safety in combat readiness is also caused by information leak and wrong information, which could lead to opportunity loss, passivity, and even unpredictable consequences. Perceiving that, the Division’s Party Committee has issued the Resolution 156-NQ/ĐU on “enhancing leadership over the work of ensuring safety in combat training and readiness and airspace management”. At the same time, it has directed offices and units to step up the work of education and propagation to create a positive change in cadres and soldiers’ awareness towards the work of ensuring safety in combat training and readiness. Offices and units have stringently maintained the order for preserving, maintaining, and repairing weapons and equipment at all levels and encouraged technical training, particularly safety maintenance training in the work of using and maintaining weapons and equipment. They have also promoted the Campaign entitled “managing and exploiting weapons and technical equipment in a sustainable, effective, safe, economical manner and traffic safety” and the movement entitled “the Military Logistics Branch follows Uncle Ho’s teachings”, thereby ensuring the technical coefficient of weapons and technical equipment and troops’ fitness, meeting the requirements for combat training and readiness. In addition, the Division has strictly maintained the system of command duty at all levels, gradually upgraded means of communications and flight management and operation, and closely cooperated with other forces in opportunely settling all situations related to airspace management.

The obtained results and experiences provide an incentive for the Air Defence Division 367 to become a unit which is good at combat training and disciplined, ensure the absolute safety, keep improving its synergy and combat strength, and fulfil the task of managing and safeguarding the Homeland’s airspace in the South.

Sr. Col. Nguyen Van Truong, Commander of the Division

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