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The India-US Combined Military Training Exercise YUDH ABHYAS 2015, will commence from 09 to 23 Sep 2015 at Joint Base Lewis McChord, USA.

The exercise will bring together troops of an Infantry sub unit and a Formation Headquarter of Indian Army and similar participation from the US Army for the joint training. This will be the eleventh exercise in the Yudh Abhyas series, which started in 2004 under US Army Pacific partnership program. This exercise will strengthen and broaden interoperability and cooperation between both the Armies and complement a number of other exchanges between the two forces. Over the years, the two countries have decided to progressively increase the scope and content of the combined training. Exercise YUDH ABHYAS 2015 will witness a Formation Headquarter based Command Post Exercise, an Infantry sub unit carrying out Field Training Exercise, Expert Academic Discussions on strategic issues of mutual concern by experts of both countries and Combined Training between detachments of Infantry of both armies. The exercise will provide an ideal platform for the personnel of the two countries to share their experiences on Military Operations in Urban Terrain, under the UN mandate.

Commanders and Staff Officers of both sides will work in close coordination to receive and collate intelligence and to issue suitable operational orders to the combined field training components, who in turn will execute these orders on ground. The exercise curriculum has been planned progressively where the participants will initially be made to get familiar with each others organizational structure, weapons, equipment, and tactical drills. Subsequently, under Joint Tactical Exercises battle drills of both the armies will be rehearsed.

As the concluding part of the exercise a Consolidation and Validation exercise will be witnessed by senior officers and observers of both Armies, in which troops of both nations will carry out sub unit level operations in Urban Insurgency and Military Operations in Urban Terrain.

Col Rohan Anand, SM
PRO (Army)

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