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First India-US tri-services exercise to be held in 2019

Published on October 18, 2018
The first India-United States tri-services exercise is likely to take place in 2019 in India.
First India-US tri-services exercise to be held in 2019
  • It will include all services of both countries and talks are on to include special forces. 
  • US will be the second country after Russia with whom India will conduct tri-services exercise.


  • The Indo-US joint tri-services drill was formally announced after first 2+2 dialogue between principals of External Affairs and Defence Ministries of the two countries which was held in New Delhi in September 2018.
  • The drill will focus on United Nations-based scenario and overarching mission of humanitarian assistance, disaster relief measure.
  • It will be also in line with India's ambition of being natural humanitarian disaster relief hub in the Indo-Pacific region.

Interesting to know:

  • The three forces of India and US already take part in multiple bilateral exercises separately.
  • Moreover, armies of both countries are also participating in an annual drill called Yudh Abyaas, whose latest edition took place in September 2018, and Air Forces took part in a bilateral drill called Cope India.
  • Navies of both countries also participate in exercise called Malabar which also involves Japan.
  • But this will be the first time, three services of India and US will participate in a drill together.
  • Indian Army has Para SF, Navy has Marcos while Air Force has Garud as their respective special forces.


Q. After Russia, with which will be the first country, India is likely to have a tri-services exercise in 2019 in India?
a. Japan
b. England
c. United States
d. None of the above
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