The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced the conclusion of the Vietnam-India Bilateral Army Exercise (VINBAX) 2022 at Chandimandir in the Haryana state.  

The bilateral exercise began on 1 August and was aimed at preparing army engineer and medical teams for UN Peacekeeping missions.

On the concluding day, troops from the two nations showcased Multi Agency Humanitarian Assistance in Disaster Relief (HADR) skills.

As part of the Make in India and Atmanirbhar Bharat initiatives, the soldiers also put various pieces of equipment on display.

According to the ministry, the latest exercise was the Vietnam People’s Army’s (VPA) first field training exercise with a foreign Army.  

In a statement, the Indian MoD said the bilateral programme highlighted the strong relationship between the two nations.    

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During the three-week training period, personnel from the two armies learnt various skills and best practices from each other.

This was followed by theory classes and practical exercises.

As part of the final validation exercise, known as ‘Men in Blue’, the two contingents built a base in a remote African location amid multiple challenges.

Vietnam is scheduled to host the next edition of VINBAX in 2023.

The closing ceremony was hosted by Kharga Corps GOC lieutenant general Pratik Sharma and presided over by C Western Command GOC lieutenant general Nav Kumar Khanduri.

The Ambassador of Vietnam to India Pham Sanh Chau, as well as a VPA observer delegation, also took part in the ceremony.

While Vietnam sent its troops for UN peacekeeping operations for the first time in South Sudan, India has been a major contributor for the UN mission.