The Indian Army and the Royal Thai Army completed a two-week-long platoon level annual joint military exercise aimed at strengthening partnership and cooperation between them, the Army said here.
Joint Military Exercise – Maitree 2018 :-
- ‘Exercise Maitree’ commenced on August 6 in Thailand. The exercise last year was held in Himachal Pradesh.
- This year, the exercise began with a cross-training period involving familiarisation training between the two armies to evolve drills and procedures involved in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations in urban, rural and jungle terrain under the United Nations mandate.
- The initial days of field training focused on familiarising with each other’s modus operandi, basic maneuvers and evolving joint drills.
- The second phase included practising various drills and tactical scenarios in counter-insurgency environment, execution of tactical and search and destroy operations, house intervention and survival techniques.
- The exercise culminated with a 72-hour joint exercise on planning and execution of a series of tactical operations such as raid, pursuit, establishing military check-post and cordon and search operations.
About Maitree :-
The Maitree series of bilateral exercises has been one of the major defence cooperation initiatives between India and Thailand. It is an annual event. Exercise Maitree is a continuation of a series of joint exercises between the Indian Army and the Royal Thailand Army.