India, France to participate in anti-terrorism army exercise – .

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India, France to participate in anti-terrorism army exercise – .



India and France conduct three biennial training exercises, namely Exercise Garuda with the Indian Air Force, Exercise Varuna with the Indian Navy and Exercise Shakti with the Indian Army. (Photo: Twitter / @ EmmanuelMacron)
The armies of India and France will conduct a joint exercise focused on counterterrorism operations in semi-urban terrain from November 15 to 26 in Fréjus.
This is the sixth edition of the biennial “Exercise Shakti 2021” training exercise.

“The SHAKTI exercise will focus on counterterrorism operations in a context of semi-urban terrain under United Nations mandate with the aim of strengthening military cooperation and interoperability between the two armies,” the defense ministry said in a statement.

“A patrol force of a Gorkha Rifles infantry battalion represents the Indian army in this bilateral exercise and the French side is represented by troops of the 21st Marine Infantry Regiment of the 6th Light Armored Brigade”, a- he declared.

The Gorkha Rifles contingent has a rich heritage marked by military valor and supreme sacrifices with a glorious history of 68 years.

Their contributions to the 1971 war were recognized by Battle Honor SHINGO River Valley and Theater Honor of Jammu and Kashmir.

The French Army contingent was raised in 1831 as the 2nd Marine Regiment and later renamed the 21st Marine Infantry Regiment in 1901. It has an illustrious operational history of over 120 years and has participated in all of them. the great wars of the French army. The regiment specializes in amphibious warfare and has varied operational experiences in Africa, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Mali.

India and France conduct three biennial training exercises, namely Exercise Garuda with the Indian Air Force, Exercise Varuna with the Indian Navy and Exercise Shakti with the Indian Army.

The latest edition of “Exercise Shakti” took place at the Foreign Training Node of Mahajan Rifle Ranges in Rajasthan from October 31 to November 13, 2019, during which counterterrorism operations in semi-desert terrain were held. practiced and validated.

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