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Indian, Oman armies begin joint counter insurgency exercise at Bakloh

Statesman News Service | Jammu |

A 14-day joint training exercise, AL NAGAH-II, of the Indian and the Royal Army of Oman commenced on Monday with the opening ceremony at Bakloh cantonment in Himachal Pradesh.

Lt.Col.Maneesh Mehta, spokesman of the army, said here that the training contingents comprise of platoon strength from both the armies. Senior military observers of both the countries will be witnessing the validation phase of the exercise.

The second edition of the joint exercise is in continuation of a series of joint exercises between the Indian Army and the Royal Army of Oman. The previous edition of the Exercise was held at Muscat, Oman, in 2015. The Oman army contingent landed at the Adampur Air Base on March 4.

The aim of the joint exercise is to acquaint both forces with each other’s operating procedures in the backdrop of counter insurgency and counter terrorism environment as also to enhance the existing military relationship between the Indian army and the Royal army of Oman. The exercise will also enhance the inter-operability between both the armies in conducting joint operations and cement bonds of friendship between the two countries.

Initial orientation and security briefing was carried out on Sunday which also included the training aspects and area familiarisation.