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-