US MARINES-IN­DIAN ARMY AM­PHIBI­OUS STAFF EX­ER­CISE

SP's LandForces - - SP’S EXCLUSIVE / TRENDS -

The US Marines 13th Ma­rine Ex­pe­di­tionary Unit (MEU) and troops from the In­dian Army’s 91 Brigade con­ducted a joint am­phibi­ous staff ex­er­cise Sha­tru­jeet 13 this month in Kochi, Tri­van­drum and Peryakadu on the west coast, along with staff ex­changes in Goa.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment put out by the US Marines, “The pur­pose of the ex­er­cise (in­volv­ing the Bat­tal­ion Land­ing Team 1/4 and Com­bat Lo­gis­tics Bat­tal­ion 13 of the MEU) was to en­hance US-In­dia mil­i­taryto-mil­i­tary re­la­tions and ex­change knowl­edge. They achieved this through co­or­di­na­tion of a brigade-sized at­tack in sce­nario driven class­room.” The Marines ar­rived on am­phibi­ous as­sault ship USS Harpers Ferry. The staff ex­er­cise was con­ducted un­der the aegis of the De­fence Pol­icy Group, and will be look­ing to en­hance in­ter­op­er­abil­ity be­tween the two sides pro­gres­sively.

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