Indian, French armies conclude joint exercise
The recently concluded joint exercise between India and France has given a boost to the robust relationship between the two countries in the defence arena, the Indian government's defence wing said on Wednesday.
Interacting with the officers and troops of the 5th Battalion, the Kumaon Regiment represented the Indian Army in the exercise.
Lt Gen Gyan Bhushan,GOC-in-C (Army Commander), South Western Command on Wednesday met the contingent and congratulated them for their excellent performance.
He praised them for being true ambassador of the professionalism and high standards of the Indian Army. He also applauded the troops for their dedication and hard work in the preparatory training phase which enabled them to successfully participate in the exercise with confidence and elan.
The exercise was conducted over a twelve day period from Sept 9 to 20 in Bourg St Maurice, in the French Alps with the theme being Counter Terrorist Operations in Mountainous Terrain.
The Indian Army contingent benefitted from the training on rock craft and combat mountaineering techniques imparted by 13th Mountain Infantry Battalion of the French Army which is a specialist Alpine battalion.
On the other hand, the French troops were highly impressed with the tactics and drills of counter terrorist operations displayed by the Indian Army Contingent.
The exercise is part of a broad slab of measures intended to deepen the engagement between the militaries of the two mature, like-minded democracies who have shared concerns in the spread of terrorism.
The Indian Army on Wednesday said Shakti-13 achieved those objectives in a highly professional manner.
(Posted on 02-10-2013)