National Defence Bureau,
Jaipur, 20 November 2018
JOINT EFFORTS TO FIND A SOLUTION TO GLOBAL MENACE OF TERRORISM
The two week long exercise VAJRA PRAHAR 2018, being conducted jointly between the Special Forces of the Sapta Shakti Command and troops of the US Pacific Command Special Forces entered its second day. While the first day was spent adjusting and zeroing the weapons and understanding each others’ basic drills and procedures, second day onwards the exercise has graduated to serious business of putting them to test.
The day commenced with hoisting of national flags followed by playing of national anthems of both the countries. Later Speaking at the brief opening ceremony, Captain Landis Jason Robert of the US Special Forces, on behalf of Commander of US Pacific Command, conveyed his gratitude and thanked the ambassadors of both the countries for making the joint training event possible. He further said that their endeavour would be to learn and share the experience of both, peace time as well as combat environment while building alongside the friendship between the US and the Indian Army. From the Indian side the joint gathering was addressed by Commanding Officer 3 PARA SF who welcomed the US Army troops and conveyed the aim of the exercise about promoting military to military relationships as well as enhancing interoperability, jointness and mutual exchange of special operational tactics. He also briefly touched upon the schedule of the training.
The troops then moved on for a equipment display organised in the training area. The troops of booth the countries familiarised themselves with each others equipment and also got a feel of firing them.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.