Joint Indo-US army exercise concludes in Uttarakhand
Dehradun : The fortnight-long 14th Indo-US joint army exercise in 'Yudh Abhyas' series, at Chaubattia in Uttarakhand's Almora district saw one infantry battalion -- 350 soldiers -- each carrying out field training drills under a joint brigade headquarters, an Indian Army spokesperson said.
The exercise that concluded on Saturday saw participation of US Army's 1st Battalion of the 23rd Infantry regiment. It was the fourth such exercise at Chaubattia, the spokesperson added.
The Yudh Abhyas series started in 2004 under US Army Pacific Partnership Programme.
"Over the years the two countries have decided to progressively increase the scope and content of the combined exercise," said an Indian Army officer.
The commanders and staff officers of both sides worked in close coordination to receive and collate intelligence to issue suitable operational orders. The combined field training components executed these orders in simulated realistic situation, the spokesperson said.
The exercise curriculum, the spokesperson said, was planned progressively where the participants were initially made to get familiar with each other's organizational structure, weapons, equipment and tactical drills.
The training culminated in a 48-hour consolidation and validation exercise in which troops carried out a daring rescue and destroy mission in the general area of Pilkholi near Chaubattia.
The final exercise was reviewed by senior officers from both sides, the spokesman added.