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8th Indo-Maldives military exercise in Belagavi from today

BENGALURU: The eighth edition of EKUVERIN, the Indo-Maldives 14-day joint military Exercise will be held in Belagavi from Friday.

The previous edition of the bilateral annual exercise between the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force was held at Kadhdhoo, Lammu Atoll, Maldives in December 2016.

“The Exercise named ‘EKUVERIN’ means “friends” in the Maldivian language, and the focus of the exercise is to acquaint both armies with each other’s operating procedures in the backdrop of a counter insurgency or counter terrorist operations in an urban or semi urban environment under the United Nations (UN) charter, with an overall aim to enhance interoperability between the two armies,” the ministry of defence (MoD) said in a statement.

The two-week long exercise will see the contingents hone their tactical and technical skills, besides giving an opportunity to the armies to activate the Joint Operations Centre at Belagavi.

The Maldivian National Defence Force will be represented by a team comprising two officers and 43 Other Ranks, while the Indian Army will be represented by three officers, three Junior Commissioned Officers and 39 Other Ranks belonging to a Gorkha Rifles Battalion (Sirmoor Rifles).

The opening ceremony on Friday will witness a fly past by the Army Aviation Corp along with a march past by the contingent from both the countries in the presence of the pipe and drums band of the Gorkha Regiment.

A Gatka Dance and Martial Art programme is being organized as part of the cultural event during the ceremony. The senior most Indian Army officer addressed both the contingents and assured that the exercise will go a long way in enhancing interoperability between the armed forces of two countries.

Source : timesofindia



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