Indo-US military drill ‘Yudh Abhyas’ concludes

NEW DELHI: The 14th edition of the joint Indo-US military exercise ‘Yudh Abhyas’ culminated at Chaubatia in Uttarakhand on Saturday, the Indian Army said in a statement.

The exercise, which saw participation of an Infantry Battalion of the Indian Army and the 1st Battalion 23 Infantry Regiment of the US Army, had commenced on September 16.

The Yudh Abhyas started in 2004 under the US Army Pacific Partnership Programme. It is being hosted alternately by the two countries since then.

“Exercise Yudh Abhyas strengthens and broadens interoperability and cooperation between the Indian and the US armies. It is the fourth Indian-US Army exercise at Chaubattia and complements number of other exchanges and exercises between the forces,” the statement said.

Over the years, the two countries have decided to progressively increase the scope and content of the combined exercise and ‘Yudh Abhyas 2018’ witnessed a division headquarter-based command post exercise and one infantry battalion each carrying out field training exercise under the joint brigade headquarters, it said. (AGENCIES)