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AFINDEX-19 and US Military – NSG Joint Exercise

India-Africa Joint Field Training Exercise (AFINDEX-19) between Indian Army and armies of 16 African nations began on March 18, 2019 at Aundh Military Station, Pune, Maharastra. The exercise will conclude on March 27, 2019. The aim of this exercise is to train participating contingents of 16 African nations in Humanitarian Mine Assistance (HMA) and Peace Keeping Operations (PKO) under United Nations (UN) Charter.

AFINDEX-19

  • Ten personnel each from participating African nations and personnel of MARATHA Light Infantry of Indian Army will take part in this joint training exercise.
  • Contingent of African nations participating in this exercise are Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, Sudan, Senegal, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Uganda, Niger & Zambia.
  • Besides, officers from Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar will also attend this exercise as Observers.
  • It will focus on incorporating current dynamics of UN Peace Keeping Operations through practical and comprehensive discussions and tactical exercises.
  • It will also focus on achieving interoperability, learning each other’s methodologies and tactics through synchronised operational level planning and tactical level training.
  • It will cover dynamics of raising mission headquarters, nuances of establishing military observer team sites in disturbed areas requiring UN Peace Keeping Force.
  • It will also cover tactical aspects of various tasks to be undertaken by peace keeping force enshrined under Chapter VII of UN Charter for Peace Keeping missions.

US military, NSG conduct joint exercise in Hyderabad

Special force of US military forces and Indian National Security Guard (NSG) conducted joint exercise at Hyderabad, Telangana as part of US-India security partnership. In this exercise, US military was represented by forces from 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) stationed out of Okinawa, Japan.

About Exercise

  • Its aim was make both forces well prepared and deploy in actions to tackle crisis that may endanger public health and safety.
  • It also built interoperability and comradeship between two participating forces. It was designed to enhance capabilities of both Indian and US armed forces.
  • It was overseen from US Embassy, New Delhi and US Special Operations Pacific Command at Camp HM Smith in Hawaii.

Background

US special forces conduct such training events with armed forces select group of nations in Indo-Pacific region to enhance coordination and capabilities. Such exercises are conducted under Indo-Pacific Command’s Theater Security Cooperation Program

US has recognised India as Major Defence Partner and military collaboration between both countries is result of high-level trust. Both countries are also consistently working together to increase interoperability, build partner capacity, prevent conflict, and promote regional strength and peace throughout Indo-Pacific region.

https://www.iasipstnpsc.in/first-india-us-tri-services-exercise-to-be-held-in-2019/

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-kicks-off-military-drill-with-17-african-countries/articleshow/68473318.cms

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/us-army-nsg-to-conduct-joint-exercises-in-hyderabad/article26524573.ece

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