An infantry platoon from the Pune-headquartered Southern Command of the Indian army, along with a squad of special forces, has started a joint training exercise with a platoon of Maldives’ National Defence Force at Belgaum recently.
The infantry platoons from both the countries would carry out these joint drills over two weeks till November 25, an official release by the defence PRO stated here on Saturday.
Exercise ‘Ekuverin IV’ is part of a series of military drills that are conducted annually between both the countries. The aim of the joint Exercise is to hone sub unit level tactics and enhance interoperability between the two armies, the release stated.
This year both armies also plan to lay emphasis on enhancing and sharing skills in conduct of counter terrorist operations in urban environment, the release added.
The platoons will jointly workout common drills and complementary operational planning, and endeavor to achieve synergy in execution of military operations.
During their stay here a team of officers and men of the Maldivian Army will also visit military establishments in Pune including the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla.