New Delhi: Exercise Surya Kiran XIV, a joint military training exercise between India and Nepal, concluded yesterday at Nepal Army Battle School (NABS), Salijhandi, Rupendehi district of Nepal, wherein troops of both Armies participated in 14-day joint training based on counter insurgency operations in jungle and mountainous terrain, and also practised response mechanism in the eventualities of natural and man made disasters.
As part of the exercise, important lectures, demonstrations and drills related to counter insurgency, counter-terrorism operations and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) response mechanism were rehearsed and executed jointly.
The training culminated with a 72 hour outdoor exercise in which troops of both contingents carried out drills of counter insurgency operations. During the final phase of the Exercise, Major General Gopal Gurung, Head of Indian Observer Mission, was present as observer representative of the Indian Army, and Lieutenant General Sharad Giri, Chief of General Staff, Nepal Army, was the chief guest during the ceremony.
In addition to training, both the contingents also participated in a number of extracurricular activities including friendly football, basketball, and volleyball matches, and cultural events on the final day to showcase respective cultural lineage, as also to increase the bonhomie amongst troops. Besides promoting understanding and interoperability between the two armies, the joint training will further help in cementing ties between both nations, said the Ministry of Defence in a Press communication.
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