PEARL HARBOR, United States, July 8 (ChinaMil) -- The 2-day-long multilateral medical forum of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 Exercise was concluded in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on July 6, 2016, local time. One hundred plus medicine experts from navies of more than 10 countries conducted exchanges of academic views on the latest research results in military medicine and international humanitarian aid and disaster alleviation operations.
Medical workers from the Chinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark attended the forum with two of them giving lectures as representatives of the Chinese side.
The hospital ship Peace Ark has performed "Harmonious Mission" overseas humanitarian medical service operations for five times, and obtained rich practical experience in international humanitarian rescue and disaster alleviation, said Sun Tao, director of the maritime hospital on the Peace Ark.
"We participated in this exchange activity entirely, and are willing to share our experience with the navies of various countries, and hope to learn good experience and practice from them," Sun told PLA Daily.
This multilateral medical forum initiated by the United States Navy aims to set up a communication platform for military medical workers from RIMPAC exercise participating countries to share and showcase military medicine research results and their experience in humanitarian aid operations.
Naval medical workers attending the forum made discussions and exchanged views on multiple topics including humanitarian aid, medical professionals training, underwater medicine, and technologies used in search and rescue operations.
In addition, the Chinese navy held a medical-theme deck reception on the hospital ship Peace Ark on the evening of July 6, local time. About 80 naval medical workers from 9 countries, including the U.S., Australia, France and the ROK, attended the reception.