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About The Exercise VAJRA PRAHAR

Context:

Recently, the Indo-US Joint Special Forces exercise “VAJRA PRAHAR 2023” commenced at the Joint Training Node, Umroi, Meghalaya.

Relevance:

GS III: Security Challenges

Exercise VAJRA PRAHAR 2023: Strengthening Indo-US Defence Ties

  • Exercise VAJRA PRAHAR is a joint military exercise conducted between the Indian Army and the US Army Special Forces.
  • Aim and Focus:  Aims to share best practices and experiences in crucial areas like joint mission planning and operational tactics.

Edition:

  • Marks the 14th edition of the Indo-US Joint Special Forces exercise “VAJRA PRAHAR 2023.”
  • Commenced at the Joint Training Node, Umroi.

Participating Forces:

  • The US contingent is represented by personnel from the 1st Special Forces Group (SFG) of the US Special Forces.
  • The Indian Army contingent is led by Special Forces personnel from the Eastern Command.

Historical Context:

  • The inaugural edition took place in 2010 in India.
  • The 13th edition was conducted at the Special Forces Training School (SFTS), Bakloh (HP).

Duration and Location:

  • The current edition is hosted at Umroi Cantonment, Meghalaya.
  • Scheduled from 21st November to 11th December 2023.

Objectives:

  • Serve as a platform to enhance inter-operability and strengthen defence cooperation between the armies of India and the United States of America.

Strategic Significance:

  • Underscores the commitment of both nations to fostering strategic ties and building mutual trust through collaborative military exercises.

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