Southern Command resumes joint training exercise with foreign nations |  India News

PUNE: The South Command of the Indian Army is in the process of resuming joint training exercises with foreign countries almost after the two-year break in Pune, said a high-ranking army officer.
A senior army officer who refused to give a name told TOI, “The government-government talks are on this issue. The big hurdle or problem in this process is the Covid situation. As soon as that is resolved, there will be no more problem “to do sports here.”
“The command carried out the last 14-day joint exercise ‘Mitra Shakti’ with the Sri Lankan army in December 2019. After that, due to the Covid-19 situation, it was unable to organize such exercises anywhere at the limit,” added the officer.
On Monday, Southern Army Commander Lt. Gen. JS Nain visited the Shivneri Brigade here in Aundh.
“The general officer inspected the infrastructure of the Foreign Training Node (FTN) and was informed about the modalities of the implementation of the upcoming foreign training exercises,” said the command authorities.
“The FTN is a unique facility where the brigade has created the infrastructure necessary for exercises. It has simulated youth sheds, small passages, etc., the participating troops from both nations together, “said another army officer on condition of anonymity.
The joint exercises are being conducted to focus on improving interoperability to develop the ability to conduct joint counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism operations under the mandate of the United Nations (UN), Army sources said.
“In addition, conducting such a bilateral military exercise is a crucial step in upholding the values ​​of peace, prosperity, international brotherhood and trust,” added the officer.
The command has successfully conducted on-site joint exercises with Sri Lankan, Chinese and multinational armies in the past.
During the visit, the officer general also emphasized the operational effectiveness, the synergy of the tri-services and the cooperation with sister services to get a holistic picture of the situation for a better and more effective response to any eventuality.
“Integrated training is a prerequisite for improving the ability to fight effectively,” added Lt Gen Nain.
He interacted with troops and admonished them to maintain a high level of combat readiness. He motivated all ranks to work hard and maintain a high level of commitment.
He also praised the formation for their efforts in the recently completed Operation Varsha, which evacuated nearly 2,300 flood victims and provided medical assistance in West Maharashtra and Konkan counties.