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Army readies for Indo-US military exercise in May

A contingent of the Indian Army, including 30-odd para commandos will be flying to California, the USA next month (May, 2013) to take part in this year’s edition of the Indo-US military exercise, yudh abhyas. The two forces will be exercising at Fort Bragg military base in the American West Coast.

Fort Bragg is the home base of the 82nd Airborne Division of the US army and also has sections of American Special Forces. Considering that the special operations contingent will also be participating in the exercise with the Indian forces, the 30-35 Paras of the Indian Army are expected to get a good work-out.

Yudh Abhyas is an exercise held annually alternatively in India and the USA. These are small contingent operations to create ‘inter-operability’ and ‘communications synergy’ with the American forces. But many observers believe that this element of ‘inter-operability’ aspect is less a possibility as the international force deployment policies of the Indian Army don’t really leave the scope for taking on tasks like the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is undertaking in Afghanistan, complementing the American troops.

New Delhi has a policy of not intervening in the internal affairs of any country; nor seek aggressive regime change in any country, unlike the USA.

Meanwhile, the right-wing Economist magazine has recorded about a week ago that the Indian Navy is considered of the same quality as the ‘NATO navies,’ by American experts. Therefore, it must be acknowledged that the Americans have been quite expansive in their praise for the Indian Navy. The force is increasingly being used to pitch forth farther ahead in the Indian Ocean or the Arabian Sea. The US and the Indian Navy partner in an exercise like Malabar, where they are also accompanied by the Australian and occasionally, Japanese Navy.
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