Joint training exercise for Indian Armed Forces in Andaman and Nicobar

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Port Blair, Oct 2 (ANI): With an objective to streamline and strengthen joint operations, the newly set up Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) conducted a unified exercise for the personnel of Army, Navy and Air Force.

This was first of its kind training in Andaman Nicobar Island that is not done on main lands of our country.

The Amphibians, a specialised unit of ANC coordinated this exercise. The equipments are also modified according to the geographical condition of island where heavy tanks and army trucks can move easily in deep water.

Soldiers are well trained to reach any place of operations on helicopter and slither down with ropes.

The entire theoretical and practical training is given by creating a warlike situation to make soldiers adapt with the true conditions of the island.

Speaking to media persons Major Sachin Mahadok, spokesperson of the Amphibians Unit, said units of Indian Army's Armoured Corps and commandoes, ships of Indian Navy and aircraft of Indian Air Force are taking part to reinforce the coordinated strategies.

" We are trying to get together the persons from all other Commands and Fleets in India, the Army, the Air Force and the Navy on a common platform. To this end, how do we achieve this, is by carrying out and synergising the training of the Army, Air Force and Navy to optimise the results in actual battlefield (conditions)," said Major Sachin Mahadok.

He also said that this joint exercise would enable the personnel posted at ANC to face any battle-like situation.

"The most important thing in training in amphibian domain here is to actually simulate the actual thing. To that end, how do we achieve simulation is by actually carrying out training during firing, then using the noise of the helicopters while slithering and use the smoke. We have something called as smoke, battlefield smoke which we use intelligently to obscure the training round, so as to achieve the same kind of simulation we will get in the battlefield," he added.

During training all the personnel visit each other's defence base and know about their strong and weak points.

The joint exercise has given them scope to establish effective coordination among the three wings of the armed forces.

The Amphibians Unit, based at Port Blair, has successfully executed the tasks assigned to it under the ANC that was established in 2001. (ANI)

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