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April 17, 2017

Important Military Exercises of 2016

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Hello there, I am Sajid Hussain. I am sharing Imoprtant Military Exercises conducted by Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Airforces during the year 2016. Happy Reading :)


  • India-France Joint Military 'Exercise Shakti-2016' was concluded from 6-16 Jan. 'Exercise Shakti-2016' is the seventh edition in the series of bilateral exercises. The exercise was conducted in two phases. Both armies shared valuable combat experience on countering terrorist operations in an international environment. 
  • India-Nepal Combined Military Training 'Exercise Surya Kiran IX' was conducted at Pithoragarh from 8-21 Feb. under the aegis of Panchshul Brigade /Central Command. An Infantry Battalion of the Indian Army and Shree RudralJhoj Battalion of the Nepalese Army participated. 
  • India-Indonesia Joint Training 'Exercise Garuda Shakti IV' The fourth edition of the joint exercise was conducted for 13 days from 10-23 March at Magelang, Indonesia. A platoon of an Infantry Battalion from Southern Command theatre carried out joint training with a platoon from 503 Airborne Battalion of the Indonesian Army.
  • 'Exercise Force -18' : The largest ground forces multinational field training exercise on 'Humanitarian Mine Action and Peacekeeping Operations' culminated at Pune on 8 Mar. Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Dalbir Singh presided over the closing ceremony. The week—long exercise saw participation of over 300 foreign participants and observers from ASEAN Plus countries. Lt. Col. Sofia Qureshi was selected to lead the Indian army training contingent of 40 personnel during this exercise. She was the first woman to lead the Indian Army in an 18-nation military exercise.
  • 'Exercise Shatrujeet' : COAS General Dalbir Singh witnessed 'Exercise Shatrujeet' in Rajasthan on 22 April. The COAS was briefed on operational plans and conduct of the exercise by GOC, Strike Corps Lt. Gen. Shokin Chauhan. The exercise is part of regular training where the Strike Corps practices and hones war fighting skills.
  • 'Exercise Chakravyuh-II" : In a follow up to 'Exercise Shatrujeet' by the Strike Corps (Strike One) in April, the pivot formations held the fort-night-long military training exercise, 'Exercise Chakravyuh-II' in Rajasthan. The exercise conceptualized by the Pivot Corps involved rapid mobilization and execution of plans in sync with the Air Force in desert terrain. It was a success. The exercise validated the battle readiness and operational effectiveness of the RAPID Division along with all its affiliated components.
  • 'Exercise Jalrahat' : As a step towards achieving the goals of National Disaster Management Plan 2016 released by the Prime Minister on 1 June and with the outlines of identifying high risk disaster areas and coordination between the Armed Forces, NDRF and State Disaster Management Agencies along with other State Emergency services, a mock exercise and demonstration under 'Exercise jalrahati was conducted on 29 June in Shantipur area of Guwahati on the banks of the Brahmaputra River.
  • 'Exercise Maitree' : A joint exercise of the Indian Army and Royal'Thailand Army was held from 15-30 July in Thailand. The aim was to train contingents of both armies on conduct of counter-terrorist operations in an urban environment. The exercise was designed to enhance mutual cooperation and interoperability between the two armies. 
  • 'Exercise Yudh Abhyas' : As part of the continuing Indo-US defence cooperation, the 12th edition of the joint military training 'Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2016' was conducted at Chaubattia in Uttarakhand from 14— 27 Sept. The exercise was in a series of one of the longest running joint military training exercises covering counter-terrorist operations under the flagship of UN for countering inter-national terrorism. It included a series of training events such as cordon and search operation, cliff chop assaults and other training events covering operational activities carried out under the flag of UN Mission. 
  • Indian Army Medical Team Participated in the Joint Exercise of ASEAN PLUS countries in Thailand in September. Exercise was based on humanitarian action during natural calamity. 
  • India-Kazakhstan Joint Exercise : As a part of India's continued efforts to strengthen Indo-Kazakh relations, Armies of the two countries had undergone a 14-day joint exercise 'Prabal Dostyk" in September. The exercise was conducted in Karaganda region of Kazakhstan. 
  • 'Exercise Indra-2016' : As part of continued efforts to further strengthen Indo-Russian friendship,. troops of two sides, participated in the eight edition of Joint 'Exercise Indra-2016' from 22 Sept. to 2 Oct. The 11-day exercise focused on Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency operations in semi-mountainous and jungle terrain under the UN mandate. The exercise was held at the 249th Combined Arms Range, Sergiveskey. 
  • 'Sino - Indian Joint Exercise' : As part of the ongoing initiative to enhance interaction and cooperation between India and China, under the provisions of the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement, 2013, the Indian and Chinese armies held their Second Joint Exercise 'Sino India Cooperation 2016' on 19 Oct. This was a sequel to the first Joint Exercise held on 6 Feb. in the Chusul Garrison of Eastern Ladakh. 
  • 'India-China Joint Training Exercise' : The sixth India-China Joint Training Exercise "Hand-in-Hand 2016" was held at Pune from 16-27 Nov. The aim of the exercise was to enhance confidence and trust between the two armies which may be called upon to grapple with anti-terrorism operations under the UN mandate. The conduct of Joint Military Exercises is also an important step to uphold the values of Peace, Prosperity and Stability in the region. 


  • Naseem-A1-Bahr : The Indian Navy and the Royal Navy of Oman conducted the 10th bilateral maritime exercise Naseem-Al-Bahr from 22-27 Jan. Initiated in 1993, the exercise has matured over the years with increasing scope, complexity of operations and level of participation in the Arabian Sea. The IN ships INS Trikand and INS Trishul and RNOV Al-Shamikh, a corvette and RNOVA1- Serb, a Fast Attack Craft of the Omani Navy participated. 
  • IFR 2016-Passage Exercise : The International Fleet Review 2016, conducted at Visakhapatnam from 4-8 Feb. culminated with Indian and foreign Naval ships undertaking a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the Bay of Bengal on 9 Feb. 54 ships that participated in IFR-16 sailed out from Visakhapatnam in the first ever Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with combined participation of foreign and Indian warships. The unprecedented scale and scope of the PASSEX are indicative of India's growing stature in the maritime domain and the bridges that have been painstakingly built by the Indian Navy towards achieving the motto of the Inter-national Fleet Review in letter and spirit - 'United through Oceans'.
  • Exercise MALABAR 2016 : In consonance with India's 'Act East Policy' and growing relations among India, US and Japan, IN ships Satpura, Sahvadri, Shakti and Kirch participated in the 20th edition of Ex MALABAR-16 with the US Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF). Harbour phase of 20th edition of the exercise was conduc-ted from 10-13 June at Sasebo and the sea phase in the Pacific Ocean from 14-17 June. 
  • Exercise RIMPAC : INS Satpttra participated in the 25th edition of Exercise RIMPAC off Hawaii from 30 June-4 August. The exercise was attended by 27 countries. Exercise RIMPAC is the largest multilateral naval exercise in the world and is held biennially in the Western Pacific Ocean. Indian Navy's association with Ex. RIMPAC commenced with participation as an 'Observer' in 2006, 2010 and 2012. In 2014, Indian Naval participation was enhanced with deployment of INS Sahyadriin the 24th edition of the exercise. Participation in Ex RIMPAC-16 is a plat-form for multilateral operational interactions to increase interoperability and development of common understanding of procedures for maritime security operations. The professional exchanges in harbour and diverse range of activities at sea, including complex surface, sub-surface and air operations will enable sharing of best practices and honing of operational skills.
  • Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) : INS Karmuk, an indigenously built Missile Corvette based at the Andaman and Nicobar Com-mand, along with a Dornier Mari-time Patrol Aircraft, participated in the 22nd Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) from 19-27 April in the Andaman Sea. 
  • ADMM Plus Exercise on Marl-time Security and Counter Terrorism : ADMNI Plus (ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus) Exercise on Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism is a multinational exercise under the aegis of ADMM Plus consortium. INS Airavat participated in the latest edition conducted in Brunei and Singapore from 1-9 May, with various drills and exercises in the South China Sea. During the exercise, the Indian Navy engaged with participating navies from Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, China, Japan, Russia, Australia, Republic of Korea and US, through professional interactions in harbour and complex operations at sea. 
  • Coordinated Patrol and India-Indonesia Bilateral Maritime Exercise : In a demonstration of India's commitment to its ties with Indonesia and to the maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region, INS Karmuk, an indigenously built Missile Corvette, based under the Andaman and Nicobar Command, along with a Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft, participated in the 28th India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol and Second Bilateral Maritime Exercise, from 10-27 Oct. in the Andaman Sea.
  • EXERCISE KONKAN 16 : KONKAN 16, the annual bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy was conducted from 5-16 Dec. at Mumbai and Goa. Exercise KONKAN was institutionalised in 2004. The exercise hosted in rotation by both Navies, has grown in complexity, scale and intensity. 
  • INDRA NAVY-2016 : The 9th edition of exercise INDRA NAVY, an annual bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Navy was conducted in the Bay of Bengal from 14-21 Dec. The primary aim of the exercise was to increase interoperability between the two navies and develop common under-standing and procedures for maritime security operations. The scope of the exercise included wide-ranging professional interactions in harbour phase and a diverse canvas of operational activities across a spectrum of maritime operations at sea. INDRA NAVY is a bilateral maritime exercise and epitomizes the strategic relation-ship. Initiated in 2003, the exercise over the years has increased in scope and complexity of operations. 
  • INDO-MYANMAR Coordi-nated Patrol (IMCOR) : The Fourth Edition of India-Myanmar Coordinated Patrol (IMCOR) was undertaken from 13-16 February along the Inter-national Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in the Andaman Sea. INS Saryu and INS Bitra along with Union of Myanmar Ships Aung Zeya and FA C 563 participated.


  • Exercise Iron Fist 2016 : A day-night exercise demonstrating the combat and fire power of the IAF was conducted on 18 Marat Rajasthan's Pokhran firing range in the presence of the President Shri Pranab Mukheriee and Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The event comprised six packages depicting six themes in which more than 180 aircraft, including fighters, transport and helicopters participated.
  • 'Op Sankat Mochan' : Stranded Indian nationals were evacuated from Juba, the capital of war-torn South Sudan on 14 July. The Minister of State for External Affairs, General V1( Singh, flew to Juba in one of the two C-17 Globe master aircraft in the operation which was named 'Operation Sankat Mochan'. 
  • Exercise Red Flag with USAF : As part of International Defence Cooperation, Red Flag Alaska 16-1, an advanced aerial combat training exercise was hosted at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, USA from 28 April. There was a mix of combat and support elements participating from IAF, USAF and the US Navy. The exercise was played under multiple simulated scenarios designed to provide realistic settings. 
  • Desert Eagle II : This was the second in the series of bilateral exercises between the IAF and the United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAE AF). This was a ten-day air combat exercise in which the IAF and the UAE AF undertook air exercises from Al-Dhafra Air Base, Abu Dhabi starting from 22 May.
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