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Indo-Japan Joint Military Exercise Commences in Mizoram

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The second edition of the bilateral annual military ‘Exercise Dharma Guardian – 2019’ between the Indian and Japan Army commenced at the ‘Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School’ (CIJWS) Vairengte, Mizoram, on Saturday. The Japanese contingent is represented by the 34th Infantry Regiment, First Division of Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces (JGSDF), while the Indian side is represented by a battalion of the Dogra Regiment. Altogether 25 soldiers from the battalions are participating in this joint exercise. The aim of this exercise is joint training of troops in the counter-insurgency/counter-terrorism operations in mountainous terrain. ‘Exercise Dharma Guardian – 2019’ will further cement the long-standing strategic ties between India and Japan, stated a PIB (Defence Wing) release.

As part of the exercise, important lectures, demonstrations, and drills related to counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations will be conducted. Both the Armies will also share their valuable experiences in countering such situations as also refined drills and procedures for joint operations.

The Exercise will culminate with 72 hours validation phase which will test the skills of soldiers in conducting joint operations in a counter-terrorism scenario, the release added.

Updated by: News Sources 2019-10-21 5:26 PM