BEIRUT, MARCH 7 (ChinaMil) -- The 15th Chinese peacekeeping multi-functional engineer detachment to Lebanon was certified for the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) qualification by an assessment team from the United Nations Mine Action Coordination Center (UNMACC) on March 6.
This is the first time the Chinese peacekeeping detachment to Lebanon obtained the UN's EOD certification, meaning its members have greater ability to deal with mines and unexploded ordnance.
After the full-day examinations at the orchard training field in South Lebanon, the Chinese peacekeeping detachment received its certification by the UNMACC assessment team with a comment that, “The Chinese peacekeeping detachment has given its perfect performances with strict and standard EOD action procedures and meticulous and comprehensive safety measures.”
The EOD qualification certification is an effective supplement to the minesweeping and battlefield cleaning qualification certifications, which is comprehensively suitable for the disposal of various types of unexploded ordnance, including mortar shells, rockets and aerial bombs.
Compared with minesweeping and battlefield cleaning, there are higher time-limit requirements for the EOD and there are stricter standards, more complex procedures and higher risks in the EOD. That's because for safety reasons, some unexploded ordnance has to be transported to other designated sites for destruction.
In January 2014, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) assigned the EOD tasks to the Chinese peacekeeping multi-functional engineer detachment to Lebanon.
As a result, an EOD team was set up with members from the Chinese peacekeeping engineer detachment. For a long time, the detachment was not able to participate in the EOD qualification tests, as there were no standards available regarding the professional operation procedures of EOD, plus contradicted task assignments and inadequate conditions among others.
EOD tasks cannot be implemented without EOD qualification certification, which had affected the Chinese peacekeepers' effective implementation of the UN peacekeeping missions.
In January of this year, the Chinese peacekeeping detachment positively submitted the application for passing the EOD qualification certification as soon as possible.
Among 40 countries contributing troops to the effort, only five countries have peacekeepers who are certified by the UNMACC for the EOD missions. The Chinese peacekeeping detachment is the only troop with three UN-certified qualifications, namely, minesweeping, EOD and battlefield cleaning qualification certifications.