An US Army contingent arrived at the Indian Air Force (IAF) office in Suratgarh, Rajasthan, on Saturday to participate in the 16th edition of the joint military exercise "Yudh Abhyas 20", which will be held from February 8 to 21.
"US Army contingent arrives at IAF (Media Co-ordination Centre), Suratgarh for the 16th edition of annual bilateral joint exercise with Indian Army from February 8-21. Post COVID-19 protocols, will move to Foreign Training Node, Mahajan Field Firing Range (MFFR)," said the South Western Command, Indian Army, in a tweet.
As part of their defence cooperation, soldiers from India and the United States will be participating in a joint military exercise Yudh Abhyas 20.
According to an official release by the US Embassy in India, this US Army Pacific-sponsored exercise involves approximately 250 US and 250 Indian army soldiers.
This annual training exercise enhances combined interoperability capabilities through training and cultural exchange, which foster enduring partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region through common defence objectives.
Yudh Abhyas 20 provides excellent opportunities for professional and cultural exchanges that strengthen partnership through shared learning and training, the release said.
Training commences with expert academic exchanges and professional development workshops that focus on training at the corps-level and below; combat against conventional, unconventional, and hybrid threats; humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, it added.
The command post exercise (CPX) will focus on UN peacekeeping operation staff tasks in a combined military setting. A field training exercise (FTX) will involve company-strength elements from each nation exercising combined, fundamental war-fighting skills to enhance combined operational capacity, release added.
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