Exercise YUDH ABHYAS Started

Exercise YUDH ABHYAS 2016, a joint military training exercise of Indian and US Armies, commenced at Chaubattia, Uttarakhand.

Indian and US soldiers stood side by side in an impressive military parade that saw the unfurling of the national flags of both countries while their National Anthems “Jana Gana Mana” and “The Star Spangled Banner” played.

The joint contingent gave a ceremonial salute to the two senior most officers of the US and Indian side reviewing the ceremony.

It is the 12th edition of the joint military exercise hosted alternately by the two countries.

The two week (from September 14 to 27) exercise will witness participation of about 225 personnel of Congo Brigade of the Indian Army and similar strength of the US Army.

Yudh Abhyas 2016 is one of the longest running joint military training and a major ongoing bilateral defence cooperation endeavours between India and the US The purpose of the exercise is to stimulate a scenario where both nations were working together to counter insurgency and counter terrorism (CICT) in mountainous terrain under UN charter.

The curriculum of exercise has been progressively planned where the participants are initially made to get familiar with each other’s organisational structure, equipment, weapons and tactical drills. Subsequently, the training advances to joint tactical exercises of both the armies will be coherently unleashed especially in the battle drills. The training will culminate with a final validation exercise in which troops of both countries will jointly carry out an operation against terrorists in a fictitious but realistic setting.