India, Japan begin military exercise

Aizawl (Mizoram) [India], Nov 1 (ANI): The armies of India and Japan on Thursday began their joint military exercise called `DHARMA GUARDIAN - 2018' at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengete, Mizoram. While the Japanese contingent is represented by 32nd Infantry Battalion, the Indian side is represented by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles. Approximately one platoon strength each of both the battalions is participating in this exercise. The opening ceremony saw a patriotic start with both contingents singing their national anthems. Being first of its kind, the 14 days long joint exercise is being conducted from November 1 to 14. The exercise will consist of both indoor and outdoor training activities. The objective of this exercise is to build and promote army-to-army relations in addition to exchanging skills and experiences between both the militaries. Due emphasis will be laid on enhancing tactical skills to fight against global terrorism and on increasing interoperability between forces of both countries which is crucial for the success of any joint operation. Both sides will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well-developed tactical drills for neutralisation of likely threats that may be encountered in urban warfare scenario. The exercise will contribute immensely in developing mutual understanding and respect for each other's military, Defence Ministry said in a press release.
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