Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ex Yudh Abhyas - 2016 Concludes







Exercise Yudh Abhyas 16 : Validation Exercise Completed

The combined exercise was undoubtedly, an unprecedented success. Besides promoting understanding and interoperability between the two armies, it further helped in strengthening ties between India and USA.             Major General Thomas James of US Army in his address stated that our army to army relationship has never been stronger and this exercise provides us a great way to build upon that strong relationship between our armies, by enhancing interoperability, strengthening cooperation and increasing readiness. He also stated that this strong bond between the armies is important to regional growth and stability. Getting to know each other creates the trust that is critical to bilateral combined operations.  Major General RK Raina in his address congratulated both contingents on successful conduct of exercise. He stated that Indo – US friendship is steadily rising. The bonhomie shown by both contingents further reinforces it and paves the way for a strong and irrevokable strategic partnership. He also stated that both countries are faced with similar challenges from the divisive forces of extremism and international terrorism. The synergy achieved would enable us to operate together, if the need arises. Over the years the two countries have decided to progressively increase the scope and content of the combined exercise and Exercise YUDH ABHYAS 2016 has witnessed a Brigade Headquarter  based Command Post Exercise, an Infantry company carrying out Field Training Exercise and discussions on issues of mutual interest by experts of both countries. The exercise provided an ideal platform for the personnel of the two countries to share their experiences on counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations, especially in the mountainous terrain.            The exercise was the twelfth in the Yudh Abhyas series, which started in the year 2004 under US Army Pacific partnership program. Exercise YUDH ABHYAS strengthens and broadens interoperability and cooperation between the Indian and US armies. It is the third Indo-US Army exercise at Chaubattia, Uttarakhand and complements number of other exchanges and exercise between the forces.                         Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2016 has been conducted at Chaubattia, Uttarakhand today. The two week exercise included a Company Group from an Infantry Battalion of Indian Army and 5th Battalion 20th Infantry Regiment of the US Army.Termination of the Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2016

Over the duration of past two weeks, Armies of India and USA have participated in Exercise Yudh Abhyas at Chaubattia. The exercise aimed at building positive military relations between the two countries and allowed the two armies to understand each other’s tactical and operational methodologies.The training culminated in a 48 hours consolidation and validation exercise in which troops carried out a daring rescue and destroy mission in the general area of Pilkholi near Chaubattia.

The exercise was conducted with focus on counter Insurgency and counter terrorism operations under UN Mandate. During final validation, troops were inducted by helicopters into a notional hostile area in the heavily forested areas of Chaubattia, at heights ranging from 6000 feet to 7800 feet. It involved the complete spectrum of operations to include planning, preparation and execution of tactical drills to neutralize terrorists.

The exercise began with a march of approx 6 kilometers with complete battle loads of almost 30 kilograms on each soldier; where in the physical fitness of the soldiers of both nations is put to acid test. The tactical picture painted required both the contingents to carry out various tactical operations to include Raid and Cordon & Search operations. Emphasis is also laid on use of state of the art equipment for surveillance, tracking and identification of terrorists, use of specialist weapons for close quarter battles, sensing & neutralizing IEDs and establishing effective communication.

The validation exercise was reviewed by Major General RK Raina, General Officer Commanding of a Division of the Indian Army and Major General Thomas James, Commanding General, 7 Infantry Division of the US Army. A host of dignitaries and number of Senior Officers of both the armies observedthe validation exercise.

The exercise was concluded with de-briefing by the contingent commanders and valuable suggestions by the senior reviewing officers of both sides, which would be recorded for implementation in the training by both armies.

Closing ceremony of exercise Yudh Abhyas 2016 is scheduled on 27 Sep.

The prestigious Indo-US Joint Military Training Exercise, Yudh Abhyas - 2016 is being conducted at Chaubattia Military Station, Ranikhet, Uttarakhandwef 14 Sep 2016

The prestigious Indo-US Joint Military Training Exercise, Yudh Abhyas - 2016 is being conducted at Chaubattia Military Station, Ranikhet, Uttarakhandwef 14 Sep 2016.The exercise was the twelfth in the YudhAbhyas series, which started in the year 2004 under US Army Pacific Partnership Program. It strengthens and broadens interoperability and cooperation between the Indian and US armies. It is the third Indo-US Army exercise at Chaubattia, Uttarakhand and complements number of other exchanges and exercise between the forces.

Over the years the two countries have decided to progressively increase the scope and content of the combined exercise and Exercise YudhAbhyas 2016 has witnessed a Brigade Headquarter  based Command Post Exercise, an Infantry company carrying out Field Training Exercise and discussions on issues of mutual interest by experts of both countries. The exercise provided an ideal platform for the personnel of the two countries to share their experiences on counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations, especially in the mountainous terrain.

The exercise curriculum was planned progressively where the participants were initially made to get familiar with each other’s organizational structure, weapons, equipment, and tactical drills. Subsequently, the training advanced to joint tactical exercises wherein the battle drills of both the armies are being coherently practiced. The Joint Drills include Room Intervention, Cordon and Search in Counter Terrorist Operations, Jungle Lane Shooting, Reflex Shooting, Long Range Firing and Cliff Assault Techniques.The commanders and staff officers of both sides were also exercised to work in close coordination to receive and collate intelligence and to issue suitable operational orders to the combined field training components, who executed these orders on ground in simulated realistic situation, in the Command Post Exercise covering all the planning aspects.
The bilateral training would be brought to a meaningful culmination by conduct of a final validation exercise on 26 Sep in which all the learning mutually imparted by both armies will be put to test on ground. Troops would be inducted by helicopters into a notional hostile area to neutralize terrorists, as part of the exercise.

The exercise is being conducted within the scope of Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorism Operations under the charter of the United Nations.

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