Photos: India China joint exercise opening ceremony at Belgaum

The 11-day long joint training exercise on counter terrorism  was inaugurated by Senior Colonel Qin Xiang You, the Contingent Leader of Chinese Contingent of the People’s Liberation Army on December 6.

Addressing the gathering the Chinese Contingent leader said that the prime aim of conducting this joint training exercise was to enhance mutual understanding and trust between officers and men and military to military exchange between both the armies. Dwelling upon the rapidly changing faces of terrorism, he hoped that this training exercise would give an insight of the functioning of the respective army and understanding inter compatibility. The Indian Contingent Commander Brigadier SK Patiyal in his address said that exercise “Hand-in-Hand”  will definitely  help in expanding and strengthening military to military ties between the two armed forces.

During the course of the exercise, Chinese troops from the 1st company of Infantry Battalion of Chengdu Military Region and Indian Army from 8 Maratha Light Infantry Battalion of Southern Command will practice joint tactical manoeuvres and drills, interoperability training and joint command procedures finally culminating in a joint counter terrorism operational exercise with simulated enemy.

The exercise is planned at mixed company level with command and control elements from the respective Battalion Headquarters. The training and manoeuvres would be supervised by a joint directing panel comprising of army officers of both the countries. The opening ceremony was followed by a marvelous display of arms and ammunitions of both countries generally used by the soldiers in anti-terrorist operations. This was followed by a fascinating display of martial arts of both countries which drew thunderous applause from the audience.  

Photos Courtesy DPR Defence

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