INDIA. Mumbai: The 6th Edition of India – UK Joint Company Level Military Training exercise “Ajeya Warrior” began at Chaubatia in the state of Uttarakhand on Thursday.
The exercise which is part of an initiative to develop interoperability and sharing expertise with friendly foreign nations will culminate on October 20.
During this exercise, an Infantry Company from Indian Army and an equivalent strength from UK Army would be sharing their experiences gained during the conduct of various military operations in their respective countries and during overseas engagements. Together
both the armies stand to benefit from their varied experiences.
As part of the training, both the Armies would familiarise themselves with each other’s weapons, equipment, tactics, techniques, and procedures for carrying out joint military operations. Also, there would be a series of Expert Academic Discussions on various subjects of mutual interest such as Combined Arms Concept, Sharing of Experiences in Joint Force, Operation Logistics, etc.
The joint military training would culminate with a grueling 48 hours exercise to validate the performance of both the Armies in conducting joint military operations in a semi-urban environment. This training will go a long way in improving bilateral relations and also will be a major step towards further strengthening the traditional bond of friendship between the two nations, an official statement said.
Indian Naval Fast Attack Craft
In another development, the Indian Naval Fast Attack Craft (IN FAC) T80, 1st of the Super Dvora Mk II class, was decommissioned at Naval Dockyard in South Mumbai after rendering yeoman service to the nation for over 23 years on Thursday. Rear Admiral K Swaminathan, Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command, was the chief guest for the occasion.
IN FAC T 80 was commissioned into the Indian Navy on June 24, 1998. The ship had a displacement of 60 tonnes, a length of 25 meters, and a beam of five meters and was capable of speed in excess of 40 knots. The ship was manned by a crew of two officers and 18 sailors and was fitted with two 20 mm guns.
The ship was capable of being put to sea in the shortest possible time and was able to perform a wide variety of roles including surveillance, reconnaissance, coordinated search and rescue operations, and a high-speed interception. The ship’s crest design was a Blue and Black ‘Sea Horse’ with a characteristic curved tail against a Blue background. It also had a relevance to Indian mythology, where it was identified as Lord Varun’s ‘Vahana’ (vehicle).