India-US Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018: Here’s why it’s important for both the Nations

Adding to the growing bilateral relations and marking the immense bond among the two nations, the 14th Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018 will witness over 350 US Army personnel and the equal amount of soldiers from the Indian Army, who will be participating in it.

The annual exercise which was conducted at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington last year highlights growing defence ties between India and the US. For all of those who aren’t aware, “Yudh Abhyas exercises”, started in 2004 under US’ Pacific Partnership Program, are meant to increase interoperability between the armies of the two nations.

Adding a boost to the growing efforts of PM Narendra Modi of building up better ties among the nations worldwide, this exercise will definitely add to these efforts and help in having a greater bond with the US. Indian Army along with the US Army men with develop greater sense of bond between the two and help them learn better in every sense.

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The exercises will be conducted in the foothills of Himalayas at Chaubattia in Uttarakhand from September 16 to September 29. The joint exercise During the exercise the two sides will get familiar with each other’s organizational structure, weapons, equipment, confidence training and tactical drills. 15 Garhwal Rifles will participate from the Indian side.

These learning efforts put by both the nations will help fight enemy countries in times of need. India and its Army men are no longer dependent on any other nation to work better. Developed nation like the US, coming forward to be a part along with us, is indeed to a matter to pat our backs.

US Army contingent arrived at Chaubattia in Uttarakhand to take part in the two-week long Combined Training Exercise.

Over the years the two countries have decided to progressively increase the scope and content of this joint exercise. Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018 will witness a Division Headquarter based Command Post Exercise, an Infantry Battalion carrying out Field Training Exercise and discussions on issues of mutual interest by experts of both countries.

US has also granted India Strategic Trade Authorisation-1 (STA-1) status making it the first South East Asian country outside the NATO and this happened in the month of July this year. India has gained this respect with great efforts under the PM Modi Government and undoubtedly our country stands unbeatable at present.

The defence and security cooperation between India and US have constantly grown in recent years with the two sides signing the crucial Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) pact allowing technology transfer from US to India. The two sides will also conduct a tri-Service amphibious exercise off the eastern coast of India in 2019.


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