GUWAHATI: ‘Nomadic Elephant-2018’, a joint military exercise between Indian Army and Mongolian Army, commenced on Tuesday at Mongolian Armed Forces (MAF) Desert Region Training Centre, Umnugovi Province, Mongolia with a brief but impressive opening ceremony, according to Kohima-based Defence PRO, Colonel Chianrjeet Konwer
‘Exercise Nomadic Elephant’ is an annual, bilateral exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between Indian Army and Mongolian Armed Forces. The exercise will see them improve their tactical and technical skills in joint counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations in rural and urban scenario under UN Mandate.
Exercise Nomadic Elephant-2018 is expected contribute immensely in developing mutual understanding and respect for each other’s military and also facilitate in tackling the world wide phenomenon of terrorism.
The Indian contingent was represented by 17 Punjab while the Mongolian contingent was represented by Unit 084 of the Mongolian Armed Forces. Maj Gen J Badambazar, Deputy Chief of Mongolian Armed Forces, welcomed the Indian soldiers and in his inaugural remarks highlighted the common shared beliefs of freedom, equality and justice that are precious to both nations.
The opening ceremony started with briefing on Army organization and country presentation including display of weapons and equipment at sub-unit level.
During the exercise both sides will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well developed tactical drills for neutralization of likely threats that may be encountered in urban warfare scenario. Experts from both sides will also hold detailed discussions to share their experience on varied topics for mutual benefits.