Shanti Prayas III improves multinational interoperability

| March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments
Spc. Maria Hutchinson, a military police officer with the 57th Military Police Company, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, performs a search on a Nepalese citizen during exercise Shanti Prayas III. Shanti Prayas is a multinational United Nations peacekeeping exercise designed to provide pre-deployment training to U.N. partner countries in preparation for real-world peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Spc. Maria Hutchinson, a military police officer with the 57th Military Police Company, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, performs a search on a Nepalese citizen during exercise Shanti Prayas III. Shanti Prayas is a multinational United Nations peacekeeping exercise designed to provide pre-deployment training to U.N. partner countries in preparation for real-world peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

PANCHKHAL, Nepal — A common theme amongst U.N. peacekeepers participating in Multinational Peacekeeping Exercise Shanti Prayas III is improving multinational interoperability.

According to attendees of the exercise, the phrase “multinational interoperability” means developing the common tactics, techniques and procedures required to effectively support real-world U.N. peacekeeping operations.

Spc. Kaitlyn Pace a Soldier assigned to the 57th Military Police Company, 8th Military Police Brigade from Scofield Barracks in Hawaii conducts a search of a role player during exercise Shanti Prayas III in Nepal. Shanti Prayas is a multinational United Nations peacekeeping exercise designed to provide pre-deployment training to U.N. partner countries in preparation for real-world peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor Mohr)

Spc. Kaitlyn Pace a Soldier assigned to the 57th Military Police Company, 8th Military Police Brigade from Scofield Barracks in Hawaii conducts a search of a role player during exercise Shanti Prayas III in Nepal. Shanti Prayas is a multinational United Nations peacekeeping exercise designed to provide pre-deployment training to U.N. partner countries in preparation for real-world peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor Mohr)

For Shanti Prayas III, which is taking place March 20-April 3 at the Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre in Panchkhal, Nepal, this multinational interoperability is being developed through several phases that include a the field- training event (FTE).

Throughout Shanti Prayas, the FTE allowed 100 platoons from 99 countries the opportunity to train on tasks that improve the way they work together to accomplish the peacekeeping goals of the U.N. These tasks included cordon and search, patrolling, protecting a U.N. designated site, checkpoint security, convoy escort and supporting a humanitarian distribution site.

Each training objective presented U.N. participants with engaging, realistic training that tested their knowledge of collective peacekeeping tasks.

“This is the place to think creatively and maybe make a few mistakes – learn from those mistakes and let your training take you to that next level,” said Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command. “This is how we grow and get better for future peacekeeping missions.”

Soldiers with the 8th Military Police Brigade perform a vehicle search during exercise Shanti Prayas III March 24 at the Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre in Panchkhal, Nepal. Shanti Prayas is a multinational United Nations peacekeeping exercise designed to provide pre-deployment training to U.N. partner countries in preparation for real-world peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Soldiers with the 8th Military Police Brigade perform a vehicle search during exercise Shanti Prayas III March 24 at the Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre in Panchkhal, Nepal. Shanti Prayas is a multinational United Nations peacekeeping exercise designed to provide pre-deployment training to U.N. partner countries in preparation for real-world peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Aligned directly with Harris’ command priority of “Having Unity of Purpose,” Shanti Prayas allowed participants the opportunity to train on rehearse peacekeeping tasks with a focus on exercise rules of engagement (ROE), understand and demonstrate their responsibility in the protection of civilians, and properly respecting other nation’s customs, traditions and laws through platoon level lane training.

The FTE gave participants an opportunity to carry out challenging scenarios and add their own nation’s tactics, techniques and procedures, which promoted familiarity amongst partner nations.

“We bring different types of tactics that they don’t usually use for the instructors to add into the training modules,” said Sgt. 1st Class Roland Carnahan of the 57th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade. “The concept is that the different nation’s instructors take this training back to their host nation to implement their own training plan and develop TTP’s.”

A crowd, acting as protestors, approaches a simulated United Nations camp at exercise Shanti Prayas III in Nepal. Shanti Prayas is a multinational U.N. peacekeeping exercise designed to provide pre-deployment training to U.N. partner countries in preparation for real-world peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor Mohr)

A crowd, acting as protestors, approaches a simulated United Nations camp at exercise Shanti Prayas III in Nepal. Shanti Prayas is a multinational U.N. peacekeeping exercise designed to provide pre-deployment training to U.N. partner countries in preparation for real-world peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor Mohr)

Overall, the leadership involved with Shanti Prayas III and the FTE have been pleased with the progress of the participants. As the training progresses, multinational interoperability will increase as each nation becomes more comfortable with the way each other operate.

A Soldier with the 8th Military Police Brigade provides security as United Nations vehicles pass through a checkpoint during exercise Shanti Prayas III in Nepal. Shanti Prayas is a multinational U.N. peacekeeping exercise designed to provide pre-deployment training to U.N. partner countries in preparation for real-world peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

A Soldier with the 8th Military Police Brigade provides security as United Nations vehicles pass through a checkpoint during exercise Shanti Prayas III in Nepal. Shanti Prayas is a multinational U.N. peacekeeping exercise designed to provide pre-deployment training to U.N. partner countries in preparation for real-world peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

“It’s a great opportunity to influence and develop our capabilities with our partner nations at the operational level, which impacts down into the tactical-based scenario training that is being delivered here,” said New Zealand Sgt. Maj. Murray Nelson, the senior enlisted leader for professional development and coordinator for the Global Peace Operations Initiative program at U.S. Pacific Command. “It’s quite good that everyone at both levels, operational and tactical, understand the strategic outcomes of this training.”

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