The US and Indian armies have concluded the 14th iteration of the Yudh Abhyas joint military exercise at Chaubattia in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.
Carried out under the US Army Pacific Partnership Programme, Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018 involved the participation of an Infantry Battalion of the Indian Army and the 1st Battalion 23 Infantry Regiment of the US Army.
This year’s event is the fourth Indian and US Army exercise conducted at Chaubattia and has been designed to strengthen and enhance interoperability and cooperation between the armies of the two nations.
The two-week long exercise enabled the military personnel from the two countries to share their experiences on counter terrorist operations, especially in mountainous terrain.
During Yudh Abhyas 2018, the armies of the US and India conducted a Division Headquarter-based command post exercise.
The event also involved one Infantry Battalion each carrying out field training exercise under a joint Brigade Headquarters, in addition to discussions on issues of mutual interest by experts of both the countries.
The combined field training concluded after a 48-hour consolidation and validation exercise in which the soldiers carried out a rescue-and-destroy mission in the general area of Pilkholi near Chaubattia.
Since 2004, Exercise Yudh Abhyas has supported and strengthened cooperation between the two countries while sharing training, cultural exchanges and building joint operating skills.
On 16 September this year, the bilateral Yudh Abhyas exercise was conducted by the two nations at Chaubattia.
Last year, Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2017 was carried out at Joint Base Lewis McChord air base in Washington, US.