India, US army contingents jointly train in Alaska

By Prakash Bhandari 

A contingent of 350 officers and soldiers belonging to an Indian infantry group is currently involved in a military training at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska. This exercise is part of the ongoing Indo-US defence cooperation, the Joint Military Training Exercise “Ex Yudh Abhyas 2021.”  

It commenced on October 16 and will continue till October 29.  Yudh Abhyas is the largest running joint military training and defence cooperation endeavour between India and USA. This will be the 17th Edition of the joint exercise which is hosted alternately between both countries. 

The previous version of this exercise was held at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges in Bikaner, Rajasthan in February 2021. This exercise is another step in the growing military cooperation between the two countries. 

The exercise aims at enhancing understanding, cooperation and interoperability between two armies.  

The joint exercise will focus on Combined Arms Manoeuvres in cold climatic conditions and is primarily aimed at sharing tactical level drills and learning best practices from each other. The exercise will culminate after a 48 hours long validation. 

The training focuses primarily on the subject matter exchange of topical issues of contemporary significance, drills at tactical level and sharing of best practices of each other, defence spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Amitabh Sharma said. 

A year ago the joint military exercise between the Indian and US Army, ‘Exercise Yudh Abhyas-20’ was conducted in the Thar desert. The aim of the exercise was to focus on counter-terrorism operations under the mandate of the United Nations. 

The joint training developed into an excellent professional forum which strengthened the capabilities of joint operations by both armies. 


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