Foreign Observers Witness Multinational Exercise At Pune

Foreign Observers Witness Multinational Exercise At Pune  
After the successful culmination of the field training phase of ‘Ex FORCE -18’, the multinational exercise of ASEAN Plus countries on ‘Humanitarian Mine Action and Peacekeeping Operations’, over 80 observers including 28 Foreign Services Attaché’s of participating and non-participating countries were shown and briefed on the exercise and they witnessed the validation phase of the exercise on 07 March 2016. The senior dignitaries included, Senior Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan from Vietnam (equivalent to Indian Army Chief), Lieutenant General W Wacharikul from Thailand and Director General Yoon Soon Gu from South Korea.

            The observers were taken to College of Military Engineering for witnessing the Humanitarian Mine Action Exercise in the initial part of the day. They were briefed by the FTX Planners about the background of exercise and the activities undertaken till date. The observers later visited the Mine Action Centre where they witnessed the mine action teams being effectively controlled from a single command post.
            Post lunch the observers were taken to Aundh for witnessing the Peacekeeping Operations Exercise which include military drills such as patrolling, convoy protection and deployment of Standard Combat Deployment.
This was followed by Exercise Debriefing, wherein contingent heads of all ASEAN Plus countries brought out the lessons learnt, experiences shared, expertise gained and the way ahead. Maj Gen Ashok Narula in his summing up complimented each one the FTX participants and trainers for display  of professional military skills of the highest order.
            At the end of the day a Camp Fire will be organized for all observers and FTX participants, where contingents from  ASEAN Plus countries will present a cultural programme. The large scale attendance by high ranking foreign observers for final phase of FTX is a testimony to the confidence bestowed on the professional acumen of the Indian Army. 
Standard presented to 18 CAVALRY by the Chief of the Army Staff
General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff, on behalf of the HON’BLE PRESIDENT OF INDIA, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, presented the ‘Standard’ to 18 CAVALRY. It was a unique and proud moment for the Chief as he is also the Honorary Colonel of the Regiment and his father Risaldar Major Ramphal Singh (Retired) had served with distinction during both the Indo-Pak War of 1965 & 1971.  To commemorate this historic event, the Chief of the Army Staff also released a “Special Day Cover”. 

The ceremony was also attended by Lieutenant General KJ Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command and a number of senior officers and civil dignitaries.

            This honour has been bestowed upon the 18 CAVALRY in due recognition of the dedicated service rendered by the Regiment since its raising on 31 Jan 1842.  18 CAVALRY is a frontline Regiment of the Indian Armoured Corps which has participated in a large number of operations undertaken by the Army since its raising. In the course of discharging its onerous duties, both in operations and in peace, the hard work done and sacrifices made by the valiant soldiers of this Regiment have been duly recognised by the 29 battle and theatre honours received by the Regiment, second highest in the Armoured corps.

The Parade was commanded by Colonel Anup Tiwary, Commandant 18 CAVALRY along with other regimental officers, Junior Commission Officers and Other Ranks. 

Admiral RK Dhowan Chief of the Naval Staff on Official Visit To United Kingdom 07-10 Mar 16

India and United Kingdom have several commonalities, which serve as the foundation for closer cooperation and multi-faceted interactions. Both countries are vibrant, secular and multi-cultural democracies.
            The Indian Navy (IN) has had traditional links with the Royal Navy (RN) which have come a long way since institutionalization of various defence fora for enhancing bilateral relationship between the two countries. With constitution of the Indo-UK Defence Consultative Group (DCG) and the Military Sub Group (MSG) in 1995, a two-tier system of cooperation was established to progress various areas of defence cooperation. In Sep 04, the two countries inked a pact to embark upon a strategic partnership in which defence cooperation figure prominently. Establishment of Navy-to-Navy Staff Talks’ forum, officially referred to as Executive Steering Group (ESG) is the main mechanism of enhancing cooperation between the two navies.
            Indian Navy and Royal Navy are partners in the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS); a Maritime Cooperation construct conceptualised and pioneered by the Indian Navy in 2008. Conduct of the Exercise ‘KONKAN 15’ from 05 Sep to 11 Sep 15 at Plymouth off the UK coast was the continuation of a long standing series of exercise between the two navies. The two navies also interact on a host of issues like training, doctrinal concepts, Maritime Domain Awareness(MDA) etc.
            The ongoing visit of  Admiral RK Dhowan, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy to UK from 7 to 10 Mar 16 will consolidate on existing Maritime Cooperation initiative as well as explore new avenue. The Admiral’s visit to UK also aims to take forward the vision statements was set forth during the visit of Hon’ble PM to UK in Nov 15.
            During the visit, Admiral RK Dhowan is scheduled to hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Defence, First Sea Lord, Chief of Defence Staff, and the other Senior Officers of the Royal Navy.
File PicAdmiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff 

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