Exercise Maitree 2018: India, Thailand joint military exercise concludes

The Indian and Thai armed forces concluded a two-week long platoon level military exercise called ‘Exercise Maitree 2018’ in Jammu & Kashmir’s Srinagar. The exercise was an annual event designed to strengthen the partnership between armies of the two countries. The exercise began on August 6 and comprised of cross-training period, which included familiarization between the two armies to evolve drills and procedures that help in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in varied terrains under the United Nations (UN) mandate. The first phase of the training also focused on familiarising both armies with each other’s modus operandi, basic maneuvers, and evolving joint drills. The second phase included training related to various drills and tactical scenarios in a counter-insurgency environment, execution of tactical operations like search and destroy operation, house intervention, and survival techniques. The exercise concluded with a 72-hour joint session on a series of tactical operations like raid, pursuit, establishing military check posts, and cordon and search operations. The exercise saw both the armed forces immensely benefited from each other’s expertise and experience, thus helping in enhancement of cooperation between the two armies.