March 5, 2012
Exercise YUDH ABHYAS 2011-12 started this morning at Mahajan, Rajasthan with an impressive opening ceremony that saw the unfurling of the National flags of both countries, says MoD.
The US contingent was represented by Colonel Thomas J Roth, Commander 2nd Engineer Brigade, US Army. Brigadier BS Dhanoa, his Indian counterpart welcomed the US soldiers, and in his inaugural remarks highlighted the common shared beliefs of democracy, freedom equality and justice that are precious to both nations.
Army personnel from US and an equal number of Indian soldiers from South Western Command are taking part in the two weeks long event that will see them hone their tactical and technical skills in a UN peace enforcement scenario involving mechanised forces. Equipment for surveillance and tracking, specialist weapons for close quarter battle with terrorists, explosive and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detectors, as well as the latest communications equipment is being fielded by both sides.
Both sides will jointly plan and execute a series of well developed tactical drills for neutralisation of likely threats that may be encountered in UN peace operations.