Nizwa, March 14: Al Nagah III, a joint military exercise between Indian Army and Royal Army of Oman commenced at Jabel regiment headquarters, Nizwa, in the Arab country on March 13.
“A strong Indian Army contingent with 60 members, based in northern command headquarters at Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir, is taking part in the military exercise”, said the defence spokesperson.
“Indo-Oman Joint Exercise Al Nagah III 2019 commenced this morning with a brief but impressive opening ceremony that saw the unfurling of the national flags of both the countries which saw Omani and Indian soldiers standing side by side signifying the growing cooperation, synergy and understanding between India and Oman”, he explained in a statement.
The Omani contingent was represented by Jabel Regiment of the RAO while the Indian side was represented by troops of Tenth Battalion the Garhwal Rifles Regiment.
The opening ceremony started with briefing on Army Organization and Country Presentation by both countries. Welcoming the Indian soldiers, Lt Col Muhammed Al Saidi, Second-in-Command, Jabel Regiment highlighted the common shared beliefs of freedom, equality and justice that are precious to both nations.
The Indian Army and RAO contingents have been specifically selected for the exercise based on expertise and professional competence. The two week event will see them hone their tactical and technical skills in joint counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations in semi-urban scenario in mountainous terrain under UN mandate.
Exercise Al Nagah 2019 is expected to contribute immensely in developing mutual understanding and respect for each other’s military as also facilitate in tackling the worldwide phenomenon of terrorism.
The Indian Army contingent represented by 4 Officers, 9 Junior Commissioned Officers and 47 other ranks, are scheduled to return after concluding Al Nagah III on March 25 at Jabel Al Akhdar mountains.