In­dia-Nepal Joint Ex­er­cise Surya Ki­ran-XII

The aim of this ex­er­cise was to con­duct bat­tal­ion level joint train­ing be­tween In­dian and Nepalese Army with em­pha­sis on Counter Ter­ror­ism in moun­tain­ous ter­rain by fa­cil­i­tat­ing in­ter­op­er­abil­ity

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IN­DIA-NEPAL JOINT MIL­I­TARY EX­ER­CISE Surya Ki­ran-XII, pitched at bat­tal­ion level, was con­ducted at Nepal Army Bat­tle School (NABS), Saljhandi, Nepal from Septem­ber 3 to Septem­ber 16, 2017. In this ex­er­cise, ap­prox­i­mately 350 troops from both In­dian Army and Nepal Army shared their ex­pe­ri­ences gained dur­ing con­duct of var­i­ous Counter In­sur­gency and Counter Ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tions. To­gether, both the Armies stand to ben­e­fit mu­tu­ally from their shared ex­pe­ri­ences.

The Surya Ki­ran se­ries of Ex­er­cises are be­ing con­ducted an­nu­ally, al­ter­na­tively in Nepal and In­dia. Notably in the se­ries of mil­i­tary train­ing ex­er­cises un­der­taken by In­dia with var­i­ous coun­tries, Surya Ki­ran se­ries with Nepal is the largest in terms of troop par­tic­i­pa­tion. The aim of this ex­er­cise was to con­duct bat­tal­ion level joint train­ing be­tween In­dian and Nepalese Army with em­pha­sis on Counter Ter­ror­ism in moun­tain­ous ter­rain by fa­cil­i­tat­ing in­ter­op­er­abil­ity. As­pects of dis­as­ter man­age­ment and the re­quire­ment of joint and con­certed ef­fort to­wards re­lief work were also in­cluded in the ex­er­cise.

The joint train­ing, mu­tual interaction and shar­ing of ex­pe­ri­ences dur­ing ex­er­cise not only pro­motes cor­dial mil­i­tary re­la­tions but also fur­ther strength­ens cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal ties be­tween the two na­tions.

The In­dian Army was rep­re­sented by troops of the KUMAON SCOUTS while Nara- yan Dal Bat­tal­ion par­tic­i­pated on be­half of the Nepal Army.

The aim of the ex­er­cise was to train troops in Counter In­sur­gency/Counter Ter­ror­ism Op­er­a­tions in both jun­gle & moun­tain­ous ter­rain and dis­as­ter man­age­ment. The Joint Bat­tal­ion Level Ex­er­cise be­ing the largest ex­er­cise un­der­taken by In­dia with any other coun­try was an ideal plat­form for the con­tin­gent of both na­tions to share their ex­pe­ri­ences and mu­tu­ally ben­e­fit from the joint train­ing.

As part of the ex­er­cise im­por­tant lec­tures, demon­stra­tions and drills re­lated to Counter In­sur­gency/Counter Ter­ror­ism Op­er­a­tions and Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment were con­ducted by In­dian Army to share their ex­pe­ri­ences in han­dling such sit­u­a­tions with a view to con­duct such op­er­a­tions jointly and re­fine drills and pro­ce­dures.

The train­ing cul­mi­nated with a 72 hours out­door ex­er­cise in which troops of both con­tin­gents car­ried out a Cor­don and Search Op­er­a­tion in a mock Counter in­sur­gency vil­lage.

Be­sides train­ing, both the con­tin­gents also par­tic­i­pated in num­ber of ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing friendly foot­ball, bas­ket­ball, vol­ley­ball matches and a cul­tural pro­gramme on the fi­nal day. The joint train­ing was an un­prece­dented suc­cess. Be­sides pro­mot­ing un­der­stand­ing and in­ter­op­er­abil­ity be­tween the two armies, it helped in ce­ment­ing ties be­tween both na­tions.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: In­dian Army

Troops fa­mil­iaris­ing with the bomb dis­posal ro­bot equip­ment.

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