After the successful culmination of the field training phase of ‘Ex FORCE -18’, the multinational exercise of ASEAN Plus countries on ‘Humanitarian Mine Action and Peacekeeping Operations’, over 80 observers including 28 Foreign Services Attaché’s of participating and non-participating countries were shown and briefed on the exercise and they witnessed the validation phase of the exercise on 07 March 2016. The senior dignitaries included, Senior Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan from Vietnam (equivalent to Indian Army Chief), Lieutenant General W Wacharikul from Thailand and Director General Yoon Soon Gu from South Korea.
The observers were taken to College of Military Engineering for witnessing the Humanitarian Mine Action Exercise in the initial part of the day. They were briefed by the FTX Planners about the background of exercise and the activities undertaken till date. The observers later visited the Mine Action Centre where they witnessed the mine action teams being effectively controlled from a single command post.
Post lunch the observers were taken to Aundh for witnessing the Peacekeeping Operations Exercise which include military drills such as patrolling, convoy protection and deployment of Standard Combat Deployment.
This was followed by Exercise Debriefing, wherein contingent heads of all ASEAN Plus countries brought out the lessons learnt, experiences shared, expertise gained and the way ahead. Maj Gen Ashok Narula in his summing up complimented each one the FTX participants and trainers for display of professional military skills of the highest order.
At the end of the day a Camp Fire will be organized for all observers and FTX participants, where contingents from ASEAN Plus countries will present a cultural programme. The large scale attendance by high ranking foreign observers for final phase of FTX is a testimony to the confidence bestowed on the professional acumen of the Indian Army.