FORCE 18

SP's LandForces - - EXERCISE -

Thai­land and Viet­nam — all mem­bers of the ASEAN. The for­eign par­tic­i­pants of ASEAN Plus coun­tries en­thu­si­as­ti­cally took part in the train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties on HMA con­ducted at the Col­lege of Mil­i­tary En­gi­neer­ing (CME) in Pune and PKO at Aundh Mil­i­tary Gar­ri­son dis­play­ing true joint­man­ship and team spirit.

The essence of the ex­er­cise was to learn and share the best prac­tices with the other armies of the world and dis­play our com­mit­ment for peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.

“This ex­er­cise is an out­come of our ef­fort be­cause the ASEAN De­fence Min­is­ters Meet­ing, ADMM Plus, had planned for two sep­a­rate ex­er­cises for HMA and UN PKO in 2016. Dur­ing ADSOM Plus (ASEAN De­fence Se­nior Of­fi­cers’ Meet­ing) held in Malaysia in March 2015, we of­fered to bring the two ex­er­cises to­gether and con­duct the joint FTX this year,” a se­nior army of­fi­cial said.

As a tes­ti­mony to the team spirit and achiev­ing of global joint­man­ship, a unique fea­ture was em­bed­ded in the ex­e­cu­tion of Ex­er­cise Force 18, that is, to train the for­eign train­ers of the ASEAN Plus coun­tries for one week be­fore the com­mence­ment of ac­tual ex­er­cise. In this re­gard, over 25 for­eign train­ers ar­rived in Pune on Fe­bru­ary 23, 2016. These train­ers who had ex­pe­ri­ence in the field of HMA and PKO were trained by the In­dian Army from Fe­bru­ary 24 till March 1, 2016. The train­ing of train-

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