This Article is From Sep 27, 2016

India-US Joint Military Training Exercise Concludes In Uttarakhand

India-US Joint Military Training Exercise Concludes In Uttarakhand

India-US finished the 12th edition of their annual military exercise. (Representational Image)

Ranikhet: A two week long India-America joint military exercise concluded in Uttarakhand today with soldiers of both countries successfully conducting several anti-terrorism drills.

The 12th edition of the 'Yudh Abhyas' was held at the Chaubattia Military Station in Ranikhet.

The annual exercises were started in 2004 under the US Army Pacific Partnership Programme and are conducted with 225 personnel from each country. India and America host the exercise alternatively.

According to Indian Army officials, it is one of the longest running joint military training exercises in its history.

"In the final phase of the training, the joint validation exercise saw both armies conducting a smooth raid on a terrorist hideout, showcasing cooperation coherence between the two forces, as both the armies are vastly experienced in counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism operations. And for this varied experience from Iraq, Afghanistan, Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast, both sides greatly benefitted from this interaction," said Major General R. K. Raina of  Garuda division of Indian Army.

The military training exercises provide an ideal platform for security personnel of the two countries to share their experiences on counter-insurgency operations, especially in the mountainous region.

The joint exercises include cordon and search in counter-militant operations, jungle lane shooting, reflex shooting, long-range firing and cliff assault techniques.

"We are honoured to be here, to watch such a great training here today. I just wanted to tell you upfront that I am very impressed with the hospitality and the military capability of the Indian army here that has been our host. It has been a spectacular training event to this point," said Major General Thomas Junior James of the 7 Infantry Division, US Army.

The main aim of the joint military exercise is to strengthen defence cooperation and mutual understanding between the two countries.