Indo-US joint disaster relief (HADR) exercise ‘Tiger Triumph’ to begin at Vizag

NEW DELHI: The maiden India-US joint tri-services Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise named ‘Tiger Triumph’ is scheduled on the Eastern seaboard in Visakhapatnam from 13 to 21 November, 2019. The Exercise aims at developing interoperability for conducting HADR operations.

Indian Naval ships Jalashwa, Airavat and Sandhayak, Indian Army troops from 19 Madras and 7 Guards, Indian Air Force MI-17 helicopters, and Rapid Action Medical Team (RAMT) will be participating in the exercise. The United Stataes will be represented by US Navy Ship USS Germantown with troops from the US Third Marine Division.

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The Harbour Phase is scheduled at Visakhapatnam from 13 to 16 November. The Opening Ceremony along with a Joint Flag Parade and Media Interaction will be held onboard the INS Jalashwa on 14 November. Personnel from both navies will also participate in Training Visits, Subject Matter Expert Exchanges, Sports Events and social interactions.

On completion of the Harbour Phase, the ships, with troops embarked, will sail for the Sea Phase and undertake Maritime, Amphibious and HADR operations. On reaching the HADR area at Kakinada, the landing of Relief Forces personnel will be undertaken to the Exercise scenario.

At the HADR Exercise Area, a Joint Command and Control Centre will be established by the Indian Army and US Marines. The Indian Air Force RAMT and the US Navy Medical Team will establish a Medical Facility Camp for providing medical aid to victims, who will have been previously evacuated by road and air to the Camp.

The Exercise will end with a Closing Ceremony onboard the USS Germantown, a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship, on 21 November.

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