Mizoram is hosting Dharma Guardian 2018, the first ever joint military exercise involving the Indian Army and the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force.
Exercise #DharmaGuardian-2018, the first ever joint military exercise between #IndianArmy and #Japan Ground Self-Defence Force commenced at CIJW School Vairengte, Mizoram, India. @PIB_India @SpokespersonMoD @HQ_IDS_India pic.twitter.com/XK1VqH3jux
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) November 1, 2018
The exercise began at the Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare (CIJW) School at Vairengte in Mizoram on Thursday. It will continue till 14 November.
6/1 Gorkha Rifles is representing the Indian contingent while the Japanese contingent is being represented by 32 Infantry Regiment.
14 Day Training
The fortnight-long joint military exercise will focus on increasing interoperability between Indian and Japanese armed forces.
Both the countries will be trained together, including planning and execution of tactical drills against threats in urban warfare regions. Apart from this, experts from both the nations will discuss about the various aspects of military operations.
Dharma Guardian 2018
The Dharma Guardian 2018 joint military training will strengthen the strategic ties, defence cooperation and mutual understanding between the two countries.
This decision was taken during the annual India-Japan annual summit in India last year to expand joint exercises and cooperation in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR).
An official statement had said that both the countries wanted deeper cooperation in peacekeeping operations and counter-terrorism. India and Japan have long-standing partnership between the two Coast Guards.
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Other Joint Military Exercises
India frequently conducts joint military exercises with other countries to test the abilities of its personnel and equipment in different scenarios.
In June, the Indian Navy joined the United States and Japan for the Malabar Exercise that was held off the coast of Guam, in the Philippine Sea.
In April, the Indian Air Force conducted Operation Gagan Shakti, the country’s largest military exercise in nearly 30 years. The exercise, which lasted from 10 April to 23 April, simulated a war-time scenario on two fronts, Pakistan and China.