BEIJING, July 20 (ChinaMil) -- A setting-out ceremony for the troops participating in the Engineering Formula competition in Russia was held at an engineering regiment of the PLA Western Theater Command on July 19.
As a part of the International Army Games 2016 held in Russia and Kazakhstan from July 30 to August 13, the Engineering Formula will be held from August 3 to August 9 in Volzhsky, Volgograd Oblast of Russia.
The competition consists of nine subjects including digging out of a ditch and trench backfilling and there are four individual races, one relay and one sports game.
The PLA delegation consists of 54 people and they will reach the competition area via air and rail. An 8-member escort group has left from Manzhouli on July 9, and all team members are scheduled to arrive in the competition area before July 22. Feng Zunwa, leader of the Chinese delegation, said that it is the first time that the PLA participates in the contest. Compared with other similar engineering competitions, the Engineering Formula has higher demands on mobility, professionalism and logistics support.
Upon receiving the mission, the team has conducted 121-day training and has completed special education on international military competition, diplomatic skills and foreign language as well as professional skills training.