Exercise FORCE 18, largest ‘Multinational Field Training Exercise (FTX)’ is being conducted by the Indian Army from 02-08 March 2016 at Pune. The theme of the exercise is Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) and Peacekeeping Operations (PKO). The maiden multinational exercise ever conducted by ground force on Indian soil will see participation of 18 ASEAN Plus nations including China, USA, Russia, Japan, South Korea.
The essence of the exercise would be 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.
As a testimony to the team spirit and achieving of global jointmanship, a unique feature has been 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 23 Feb 2016. These trainers who have experience in the field of HMA and PKO would be trained by the Indian Army from 24 Feb till 01 Mar 2016. The training of trainers would facilitate bringing all foreign trainers on an optimum threshold level, conversion of training material into native language and understand the conduct of actual FTX. The trainers would thus form a dynamic role to cater for the challenges caused by language barriers and formulate common operating procedures for various activities to be conducted during the main FTX.
On 24 Feb 2016, soon after their arrival, the foreign trainers were welcomed and briefed by Brigadier Alok Chandra, Commander of Shivneri Infantry Brigade. The trainers were later oriented to all the training and administrative infrastructure created for the mega exercise.
This step by Indian Army would further strengthen the motto of ASEAN “ONE VISION, ONE IDENTITY AND ONE COMMUNITY”.