The Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) and U.S. Army Pacific Command began a 10-day training exercise in Kompong Speu province Monday.
The Angkor Sentinel exercise, the fifth such annual event, will focus on battalion staff training, medical training and “activities to prepare Cambodian troops deployed to United Nations peacekeeping missions,” according to a U.S. Embassy statement.
More than 470 personnel from the U.S. and Cambodian militaries will take part in the event, the statement says. Lieutenant General Hun Maneth, who is Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son, and U.S. Army Brigadier General John Goodale presided over a further 1,300 members of RCAF at the event’s opening ceremony Monday.
“Today’s exercise under the sponsorship from the U.S. infantry will improve the capabilities and other skills of RCAF infantry in carrying out emergency rescue for disasters,” said Lt. Gen. Maneth, who lauded the peace maintained in Cambodia over the past two decades.
“I wish the cooperation between the armies of the two countries—Cambodia and the United States—will continue to strengthen day to day,” he said.