Washington, September 29: The two-week 13th Indo-US Joint Military Training Exercise Yudh Abhyas – 2017 with an aim to get jointly trained, plan and execute a series of well-developed operations for neutralization of threats of varied nature concluded on Wednesday at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), Washington, USA.
Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2017 achieved all joint training objectives and this shall further reinforce defence cooperation between the two Nations. Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2017 was focused on specialized drills and procedures involved in counterinsurgency, counter-terrorist operations in an urban environment.
The initial days of field training comprised of platoon-level training on basic maneuvers, which then progressed towards company level operations. Helicopter based mobilization of teams for quick response was also practiced
The two Armies have gained from each other’s expertise and experience in the conduct of platoon and company level operations. In addition, the Indian contingent got a first-hand experience of operating with the ‘Stryker’ Infantry Combat Vehicle and the US Army gained an insight on the training of an infantry unit in a mountainous terrain.
A closing ceremony, to commemorate the proceedings of two weeks, showcased the flourishing partnership between the two nations. The impressive closing ceremony was witnessed by the officials of both the Armies including five Indian Army Veterans. Exercise Yudh Abhyas is an annual bilateral exercise designed to strengthen the US and Indian Army partnership.