Defence & Security Current Affairs - 2019

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Yudh Abhyas 2019 to be held in US

The joint military training exercise between India and United States (US) named Yudh Abhyas – 2019  will be held at Joint Base Lewis Mc Chord, Washington, US from 05-18 September 2019. It is being conducted as part of the ongoing Indo-US defence cooperation. It is one of the largest joint running military training and defence corporation endeavors between both countries. This will be overall 15th edition of the joint exercise hosted alternately between the two countries.

Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2019

It will provide opportunity to armed forces of both countries to train in integrated manner at Battalion level with joint planning at Brigade level. They will jointly rehearse multiple scenarios during the exercise with view to understand each other’s organisational structure and battle procedures. In this edition of exercise, armies of both countries will jointly train, plan and execute series of well developed operations for neutralization of threats of varied nature. It will be undertaken by both countries in operational setting under United Nations (UN) mandate. Apart from this, experts from both sides will hold expert academic and military discussions to share each other’s experiences on varied topics for mutual benefit.

Significance of exercise: It will result in higher degree of jointmanship that will further facilitate interoperability between armed forces of both countries to meet any unforeseen contingency across the globe. It will also serve as ideal platform for armed forces of both countries to learn from each other’s expertise and experiences of planning and execution of operations.

Indian Army Team Summit Mt. Leo Pargyil

An Indian Army team successfully summited Mount Leo Pargyil at 6773m on 20 August 2019. The expedition team hoisted National Flag atop Mt Leo Pargyil after an extremely challenging climb in harsh weather.

Key Highlights

The expedition was flagged off on 10 August by Commander, Tri Peak Brigade from Pooh in Himachal Pradesh and the expedition was flagged in by Lieutenant General PM Bali, Western Command on 31 Aug 2019 at Jhakri near Rampur Bushar.

The expedition comprised entire of troops from 18th Battalion Mahar Regiment of Tri Peak Brigade.

About Mount Leo Pargyil

It is 3rd highest peak of Himachal. It lies in Zanskar range in kinnaur District.

It is considered to be among most challenging and technically difficult peak to scale.