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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.

Details:

  • 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.

Question:

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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