Pithoragarh: The 11th edition of combined Indo-Nepal Batallion Military Exercise Surya Kiran XI, which began on March 7 under the aegis of Panchshul Brigade of Central Command, concluded on Monday in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. The SURYA KIRAN series of training, which is a bi-annual event is conducted in India and Nepal alternatively.
During the exercise, new battalions - one each from India and Nepalese Army were trained together. They were allowed to share their experiences on counter-terrorism and forest warfare in mountain terrain. The main focus of this training was to enhance inter-operability between the two armies in counter-terrorism and jungle warfare operations. The exercise also focussed on humanitarian aid and disaster relief which includes aviation and medical support. Both the armies get benefitted mutually from shared experiences. The combined training will strengthen the defence forces and strategic ties between India and Nepal.
The Nepal Army was being represented by the officers and troops of the elite Durga Baksh battalion while the Ekta Shakti Battalion of the Punjab Regiment is participating on behalf of the Indian Army.
This is 11th such battalion level exercise between the two countries aimed at training of troops in counter insurgency operations in mountainous terrain. It formally incorporates issues related to humanitarian assistance and disaster management, and will help enhance defence co-operation and military relations between the two countries.
Planning for the day
The day begins with planning. The Commanders are seen giving guidance to the forces from India and Nepal which conducted a joint military exercise.
Dividing the into teams
Before the exercise, an officer divides the teams. Senior officials were seen giving instructions to the young officers and jawans.
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Alert all the way
Alertness is the key in any anti-terrorism operation. It is important that the forces remain alert at all times.
Soldiers in action. Firing practise was one of the exercises that was conducted during the joint military operation.