India-Japan military exercise Dharma Guardian-2018 begins in Vairengte, Mizoram.

India-Japan military exercise Dharma Guardian-2018 begins in Vairengte, Mizoram.

November 4, 2018

India and Japan began their first-ever joint military exercise named Dharma Guardian Thursday at Indian army’s counter-insurgency warfare school in Mizoram’s Vairengte which is adjacent to Cachar district, just 45 km away from Silchar. with a focus on strengthening counter-terror cooperation. the opening ceremony was given a patriotic start by the contingent of both the countries by singing their respective national anthems.

The focus of the two-week-long exercise ‘Dharma Guardian-2018″ will be to enhance mutual understanding and respect between the two forces.  Exercise will be yet another step in deepening strategic ties including closer defense cooperation between the two countries. the decision to organize this bilateral exercise was taken during the India Japan annual summit in India last year to expand joint exercises and cooperation in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

In the operation, The Japanese Army will be represented by 32nd Infantry Battalion of Japenese ground self-defense force, while the Indian side by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles. in the last couple of years, commandos from various advanced countries like Australia, USA, England were trained in this institution. now another training programme is going on with the participation of commandos from Japan.

At the recently concluded India-Japan annual summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan welcomed the joint exercise between each of the three services while the aim of this exercise is to build and promote Army to Army relation in addition to exchange skills and experiences of both the forces. The exercise will be a combination of indoor classes and outdoor training activities. India and Japan have a long-standing partnership between two coastal guards.

Both the forces will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well developed tactical drills for neutralization of likely threats that may be encountered in urban warfare scenario and the exercise will contribute immensely in sharing their expertise on varied operational aspects.

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