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Naval Brigade 127’s training work

The Brigade 127 is a main unit of the Naval Zone 5 tasked with managing and defending the Southwest’s sea, island, and continental shelf sovereignty. Fully aware of that glorious responsibility, over the years, the Brigade’s Party Committee and Command have regarded the improved quality of training as a determinant to successfully fulfilling the assigned task.

The Brigade receiving the Flag of Good Training Unit in 2018

To carry out the training work, the Brigade has frequently seriously grasped higher echelons’ directives and resolutions on this work, with a focus on introducing the Central Military Commission’s Resolution 765-NQ/QUTW and the Navy’s Party Committee’s Resolution 1050-NQ/ĐU on “raising the quality of training in the period of 2013-2020 and beyond” to all cadres and party members within its affiliated offices and units. Specialised resolutions by the all-level party committees have clearly set out the targets and measures for improving the quality of training in accordance with their task requirements, organisational structure, existing weapons and equipment, opponents, operating areas, and relevant pieces of logistics work. At the same time, great value has been attached to assigning party committee members and commanders to each piece of the training work and attributing individual responsibility to the units’ performance of the training task. Besides, commanders and commissars have developed their action programs/plans and launched emulation movements on the training work so as to boost troops’ morale right in the first day and week of each training season.

Prior to a training season, the Brigade has required its offices and units to proactively make preparations, from personnel, facilities, documents, lesson plans, safety regulations to training programs, plans, and timetables in accordance with the task requirements, opponents, operating areas, Regulations on the training staff work, and higher echelons’ combat training documents and guidance. The training plans have been developed on the basis of the Combat Training Command by the Naval Zone 5’s Commander and made relevant to reality, each group of troops, and offices and units’ task requirements. The Brigade’s affiliates have stringently maintained the regulations on approving the training plans and timetables, lesson plans, and lectures, while synchronously setting up the system of training accounts, registration, and statistics under the regulations. To that end, the Brigade has given priority to repairing, upgrading, and constructing training grounds, sufficiently preparing materials, weapons, and technical equipment for training and combat readiness under the plans, and stepping up the movement on technical initiatives and innovations of training models and aids.

In the training process, clearly understanding that instructors would play a decisive role in the quality of training, prior to each training period, the Brigade has held refresher courses to improve all-level cadres’ professional competence and their capacity to organise, manage, and operate the training work, particularly for key ones, those in charge of the training work, and young ones. Moreover, the Brigade has focused on overcoming weaknesses in the training work, while requiring superiors to train inferiors and asking offices to train units. Focuses of the refresher courses have been placed on renewing the organisation and method of training, updating new content, and settling drawbacks of the previous period. Additionally, the Brigade has dispatched cadres to attend the specialised training courses held by higher echelons, such as those on the party and political work, the use of explosives to fight against enemy commandos and frogmen and defend harbours and bases, and martial art. As a result, all-level cadres’ capacity to command and operate the training work and their capability in training and combat staff work and troop management have been considerably raised. All of them have been capable of the training work at their level.

Air defence combat training

During the training process, the Brigade has adhered to the motto of “basics, practicality, and thorough grasp.” Importance has been attached to providing synchronous, specialised training, closely combining military training with political education, and aligning education and training with combat training in order to increase units’ synergy and combat readiness capacity. As for its cadres, the Brigade has focused on improving their capacity to command and operate the training work and their ability to manage troops. In addition to training, exercises, and examinations together with their units, detachment-level officers have been provided with specialised technical and tactical training and skills in using weapons and technical equipment. As for the new graduate officers, a part from the training program under the Directive by the Navy’s Commander, the Brigade has concentrated on improving their methods of commanding, managing, and training troops. For its professional servicepersons and technicians, the Brigade has provided sufficient training courses under the regulations. As for the professional servicepersons within coastal units, the Brigade has focused on training them in individual tactics, combat to defend targets, patrol, guard, infantry combat skills, and shooting. For professional servicepersons and technicians working on vessels, significance has been attached to training them to use and master weapons and equipment, making them capable of using other types of the existing materiel and taking the place of other staff members. To raise the quality of training, the Brigade has divided its contingent of professional servicepersons into 3 groups. Group 1 includes professional servicepersons with over 10 years of service (for specialised, intensive training). Group 2 consists of professional servicepersons with 5-10 years of service (for intensive training). Group 3 comprises professional servicepersons with less than 5 years of service (they will be provided with basic training together with non-commissioned officers and soldiers). Doing so has helped its professional servicepersons and technicians to gradually grasp the structure and technical, tactical features of weapons and equipment, efficiently use these weapons and equipment, and manage to repair normal breakdowns. In the training process, units have strictly maintained the order for materiel preservation and maintenance in order to improve learners’ knowledge and maintain the best technical condition and readiness of weapons and equipment for all missions.

Physical training

For its detachment-level units, the Brigade has determined to train and make them capable of fighting the enemy independently, continuously in the condition of hi-tech warfare. To that end, the Brigade has continued to achieve a breakthrough in basic training to master the existing and new weapons and technical equipment, while actively renewing the content, form, and method of education. To reduce the duration for theory, lectures have included images in videos or practical activities at units. Besides, there has been an increase in discussions and debates between instructors and learners. Due to differences in the task requirements and educational levels among learners who are scattered to perform their task, training documents have been designed flexibly in accordance with each group of learners, for each specific period. For instance, in the working period at sea, the training documents have been shortened and made of waterproof paper. The Brigade has directed its vessels to train their troops in the combat principles, requirements and method as well as in the method of using and deploying forces in various tactical situations so that they could apply flexibly to the situations in tactical and general exercises. Moreover, the Brigade has decided to achieve a breakthrough in “military standard order building, troop management, administrative reform, and safety regulations.” At the same time, it has grasped and well implemented the “three-exemplary” and “three-complete” policy, while stringently maintaining the daily, weekly regulations on vessels. Doing so has contributed to making a positive change in its troops’ observance of the Military’s discipline and the State’s law.

By synchronously adopting measures in accordance with the situation and its organisational structure and existing weapons and equipment, the Brigade has frequently fulfilled all training programs under the plan with the participation of over 99.1% of its troops. 87.2% of its troops have accomplished the training programs with distinction and credit while the Brigade has ensured the absolute safety. In 2018 and 2019, the Brigade was given the Flag of Top Unit in the Determination to Win Emulation Movement and the Flag of Good Training Unit by the Ministry of National Defence; it was also presented with the Certificate of Merit for good physical training and sports activities. In the competitions held by the Navy, the Brigade won 1 Second Prize and 1 Consolation Prize. To further improve the quality of training, the Brigade has drawn several lessons as follows.

1. It is necessary to effectively execute the Project on “renewing political education at military units in the new period” and build up troops’ motivation, responsibility, and determination for training. 2. It is essential to make all necessary preparations, namely personnel, training ground, material, and aid as well as logistics and technical support. Due attention should be paid to promoting initiatives and innovations of training models, aids, and materials to reduce the cost and make the training content easier for learners to understand. 3. Consideration should be given to increasing night-time training and training in complex weather condition to improve troops’ political zeal, combat morale, and skills in using and mastering weapons and technical equipment. 4. Importance should be attached to well carrying out the party and political work during the training task, building a “good training unit,” performing the emulation and commendation work, enhancing the Determination to Win Emulation Movement, and building and multiplying typical individuals and collectives and good, creative models in the training work. 5. Great value should be attached to closely combing training with military standard order building and discipline management, conducting reviews, and closely, strictly, opportunely drawing lessons on the training task to bring into play strong points and handle weaknesses.

In the time to come, the defence of national sovereignty over seas and islands and the building of a “revolutionary, regular, elite, modern” Brigade will be much more demanding. Thus, things mentioned above will be valuable lessons for the Brigade to continue raising the quality of training and successfully fulfilling all assigned tasks.

Captain Nguyen Van Sinh, Commander of the Brigade

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