GK: FIRST INDIA-US TRI-SERVICES EXERCISE TO BE HELD IN 2019
- The first India-U.S. tri-services exercise is likely to take place in 2019, and talks are on to include the special forces of the two countries
- The three forces of each country already take part in bilateral exercises separately — their Armies participate in an annual drill called Yudh Abyaas, whose latest edition took place in September, and the Air Forces take part in a bilateral drill called Cope India.
- The Navies participate in an exercise called Malabar, involving Japan.
- But this will be the first time, the three services of India and the U.S. will participate in a drill together.
- The first one will be in India, and it will take place in 2019.
- It would include all our services and the exercise right now to include each of the services special operations forces.
- The drill will focus on a United Nations-based scenario and the overarching mission of humanitarian assistance, disaster relief measure, the U.S. Brigadier-General said.
- Though the joint tri-services drill was formally announced after the first 2+2 dialogue between the principals of the External Affairs and Defence Ministries of the two countries last month, work on it had begun much before.
- Moreover, armies of both countries are also participating in annual drill called Yudh Abyaas, whose latest edition took place in September 2018, and Air Forces take part in bilateral drill called Cope India.