On October 15, 2021, the 17th Edition of Indo – US joint training exercise, ‘EX YUDH ABHYAS 21’ commenced at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska (USA). During the opening ceremony, the National Flags of both countries were unfurled along with the National anthems.

Sources revealed that 300 US Army soldiers belonging to First Squadron (Airborne) of the 40th Cavalry Regiment and 350 soldiers of 7 MADRAS Infantry Battalion Group of Indian Army are participating in the exercise. The 14 days training schedule includes activities on joint training in a Counter Insurgency or Counter Terrorism environment under the United Nations mandate.

In the opening ceremony, Major General Brian Eifler, Commander US Army, Alaska, formally welcomed the Indian contingent. Major Brian requested both contingents to focus on improving cohesion and interoperability to achieve the training objectives of the exercise. He highlighted the significance of the free exchange of ideas, concepts, and best practices between the troops and the necessity to learn from each others’ experiences.

Through information exchange, both Armies will get to know each other better, share their wide experiences and enhance their situational awareness. This will help them in undertaking joint operations at the Battalion level in mountainous terrain with cold climatic conditions under the ambit of the United Nations.


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