18 countries including China, US, Russia, Japan and South Korea to participate; Exercise FORCE 18 to be held from March 2 to 8 in Pune
For the first time ever, multinational exercise will be conducted by ground forces on Indian soil, during which 18 Asean Plus nations including China, the US, Russia, Japan, South Korea will be participating.
The largest ‘Multinational Field Training Exercise (FTX)’, Exercise FORCE 18, is being conducted by the Indian Army from March 2 to March 8 at Pune. The theme of the exercise is Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) and Peacekeeping Operations (PKO). The essence of the exercise would be to learn and share best practices with the other armies of the world and display commitment for peace and stability in the region.
As a testimony to team spirit and achieving of global jointmanship, a unique feature has been embedded in the execution of Exercise Force 18 — to train the foreign trainers of the Asean Plus countries for one week before the commencement of the actual exercise. So far, over 25 foreign trainers have arrived in Pune.
The training of the trainers would facilitate bringing all foreign trainers on an optimum threshold level, conversion of training material into native language, and understanding the conduct of the actual FTX.
As a big step towards the larger integration of the navies under the ‘South-South Dialogue’, the navies of India, Brazil and South Africa are taking part in the fifth edition of the India-Brazil-South Africa Maritime Exercises (IBSAMAR) off the west coast of India.
Initiated in 2008, Exercise (Ex) IBSAMAR is the most visible manifestation of this convergence of democratic values, economic interests and maritime cooperation. The scope and complexity of Ex IBSAMAR has increased steadily and has matured into a complex trilateral exercise involving the participation of ships, aircraft and special forces from Brazil, India and South Africa. Ex IBSAMAR V is being conducted off the west coast of India, with the Harbour Phase being conducted at Goa will end next week. This is the first time that Ex IBSAMAR is being conducted in Indian waters; all previous editions were held in/off South Africa. The primary aim of this exercise is to increase interoperability amongst the three navies as well as develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations.
The scope of Ex IBSAMAR V includes wide-ranging professional interactions during the Harbour Phase, and a diverse range of operational activities at sea during the Sea Phase. The thrust of exercises at sea this year would be on anti-submarine warfare (ASW), surface firings, air defence, visit board search and seizure (VBSS), flying operations, search and rescue, and tactical procedures.
The Brazilian navy is being represented by Naval Ship Amazonas, with embarked special forces, commanded by Alessander Felipe Imamura Carneiro. The South African navy is being represented by South African Naval Ship SAS Spioenkop, with integral helicopter and embarked special forces, commanded by captain M A Boucher.
The IBSA brings together the three emerging economies of Asia, Africa and Latin America, in quest of a bigger voice for developing countries in the West-dominated multilateral institutions. The three countries seek to synergise their clout on global issues ranging from multilateral trade talks and climate change to UN reforms and energy security.