Ex­er­cise In­dra-2017 con­cludes

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

The Indo-Rus­sian mil­i­tary Ex­er­cise In­dra-2017 cul­mi­nated on Oc­to­ber 29, 2017at Vladi­vos­tok after eleven days of joint train­ing in counter-ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tions. After in­tense and ex­act­ing mil­i­tary train­ing, the joint ex­er­cise con­cluded with a clos­ing cer­e­mony, wherein both the con­tin­gents show­cased their im­mense tal­ents with unique tra­di­tional touches. The grand clos­ing cer­e­mony at Vladi­vos­tok which com­prised of per­son­nel of both con­tin­gents was wit­nessed by se­nior of­fi­cials and dig­ni­taries of both coun­tries in­clud­ing Am­bas­sador of In­dia to the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion Pankaj Saran. Per­son­nel from the In­dian as well as Rus­sian con­tin­gents were awarded medals of ex­cel­lence for their out­stand­ing per­for­mance dur­ing the ex­er­cise. Fight­ers and heli­copters co-pi­loted by In­dian and Rus­sian pi­lots took part in the fly­past along with an In­dian Air Force Il-76 air­craft.

In the joint tac­ti­cal ex­er­cise which be­gan on Oc­to­ber 19, 2017, the two coun­tries con­ducted train­ing fo­cused on com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism. In the se­ries of bi­lat­eral ex­er­cises un­der this ban­ner, the ex­er­cise this year fo­cused on con­duct of counter in­sur­gency/counter ter­ror­ist op­er­a­tions un­der United Na­tions man­date in a joint ser­vice en­vi­ron­ment. The ex­er­cise also pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to both the armies for greater cul­tural un­der­stand­ing, shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and strength­en­ing mu­tual trust and co-op­er­a­tion.

Par­tic­i­pants from both the armed forces ex­pressed im­mense sat­is­fac­tion at the con­clu­sion of the train­ing, in terms of the stan­dards achieved in the val­i­da­tion phase of the train­ing. The se­nior ob­servers from the In­dian Army and the con­tin­gents are car­ry­ing back cher­ished mem­o­ries of the warm bon­homie gen­er­ated and the out­stand­ing pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tion es­tab­lished amongst the par­tic­i­pants.

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