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  • The event began after an inauguration ceremony on November 15
  • The Indian troops are being taught combative exercises including firing drills and ‘battle hardening’ work sessions
  • The Indian troops also visited the MAZARGUES War Cemetery to pay homage to the deceased Indian soldiers during First World War

On Sunday, the sixth edition of the Indo-France collaborative exercise under the “EX SHAKTI 2021” started in the Military School of Draguignan. The event began ahead of an inauguration ceremony which was organized on November 15. The Indian Army troop presently posited in France, consists of three officers, three Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO) and 37 personnel from the Gorkha Rifles and support Arms.

The press release of the defence ministry has stated, “The training so far has focused on aspects of joint planning, mutual understanding of conduct of operations and identification of coordination aspects required for jointly operating in a Counter Terrorism environment under United nations mandate.”

The army men undergoing the training are being taught significant tactical moves which includes firing drills and ‘battle hardening’ work sessions. The defence ministry has further conveyed that “This exercise is being conducted in two phases which will culminate with a gruelling 36 hours exercise to validate the standards achieved during the two phases.”

Besides receiving training in France, the Indian troops visited the MAZARGUES War Cemetery in Marseilles. The area stands to be the cremation ground for at least 1002 Indian soldiers who were deceased during the First World war. The martyred soldiers were also presented with a Guard of Honour.


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