US State Department Officials Review RENEW’s Progress in Quang Tri

Posted on May 27, 2022 View all News

Dong Ha, Quang Tri (May 27, 2022) – RENEW’s staff this week was very pleased to host a visit to Vietnam from the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA). Part of their working itinerary, the PM/WRA delegation on Monday visited the RENEW/NPA office in Dong Ha and later traveled to Gio Linh District to observe the explosive ordnance survey and clearance operations being undertaken by RENEW/NPA under PM/WRA’s funding.

Below are some photos depicting the PM/WRA’s visit:

Provincial Program Manager Nguyen Thi Dieu Linh briefs the delegation on technical survey process during their visit to a RENEW/NPA clearance site in Nhi Trung Village of Gio Hai Commune, Gio Linh District.An eight-member team demonstrates technical survey procedures for the PM/WRA delegation to observe during their visit.Team leader Nguyen Thi Hai Van who leads the all-women clearance team briefs the delegation on battle area clearance procedures.PM/WRA Program Manager Ethan Rinks shakes hands with team leader Nguyen Thi Hai Van expressing his appreciation to the all-women clearance team for their work to make Quang Tri free from unexploded ordnance.PM/WRA Program Manager Ethan Rinks tries to operate the remote-controlled vegetation removal system, Bearcat, during the visit. US Department of Defense Humanitarian Demining Research and Development Technical Advisor Phil Straw briefs the delegation on the deep detection system, Scorpion, which has been used in battle clearance activities by RENEW/NPA.Representatives of PM/WRA, US Embassy in Vietnam and NPA with the core management team of RENEW after touring the Mine Action Visitor Center in Dong Ha City.

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