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Exercise Ekuverin 2017: India-Maldives Bilateral Military Exercise

Published on December 18, 2017
India and Maldives are organising the eighth edition of EKUVERIN  joint military exercise in Belagav, Karnataka.

The 14-day exercise named  EKUVERIN means friendship in the Maldives is held between India and Maldives since 2009.
The opening ceremony witnessed a flypast 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 were organized as part of the cultural event during the ceremony.

Aim of the exercise

The aim of the exercise is to familiarize both armies with each other's operating procedures in the backdrop of counterinsurgency 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

Highlights of the exercise

The participating armies will showcase their tactical and technical skills, besides giving an opportunity to the armies to activate the Joint Operations Centre at Belagavi.

Participating Troops

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).

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