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Exercise Ekuverin 2017: India-Maldives bilateral military exercise held in Belagavi

The eight edition of India, Maldives bilateral military exercise EKUVERIN 2017 was held in India in Belagavi, Karnataka. The aim of the exercise was to conduct military training between armies of both countries with emphasis on counter insurgency, counter terrorism operations (CICT Ops).

Key Facts

The focus of exercise was to acquaint both armies with each other’s operating procedures in backdrop of CICT Ops in urban or semi-urban environment under United Nations charter. It was aimed at enhancing interoperability between two armies as contingents hone their tactical and technical skills. The exercise provided opportunity for two armies to activate Joint Operations Centre at Belagavi.

In this edition of exercise, Maldivian team was represented by two officers and 43 other ranks, while Indian Army was represented by three officers, three Junior Commissioned Officers and 39 other ranks belonging to Gorkha Rifles Battalion (Sirmoor Rifles).

Background

Indian Army and Maldives National Defence Force have been holding Exercise Ekuverin (meaning ‘friends’ in the Maldivian language) since 2009 on alternate years in their countries. The last one was held at Kaddhoo in the Lammu Atol of Maldives. It had conducted military training between armies of both countries with emphasis on amphibious & CICT Ops.

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Seventh Indo-Maldives joint military exercise EKUVERIN begins 

The seventh edition of India, Maldives bilateral EKUVERIN Exercise 2016 began at Kadhdhoo, Laamu Atoll, Maldives.

The aim of 14 day platoon level joint military exercise is to conduct military training between armies of both countries with emphasis on amphibious & counter insurgency, counter terrorism operations. 

Key Facts
  • In this edition of exercise, Indian contingent is represented by BIHAR Regiment and a similar contingent strength of the Maldivian National Defence Force.
  • It will cover varied military training activities in order to enhance interoperability between the two defence forces. It will conclude with tactical exercises.

The sixth edition of the exercise was held in India at Pangode Military Station in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala.

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