India-US Tri-Services Current Affairs - 2020

Tiger TRIUMP: First Tri-services amphibious exercise between India and US

India and US are to jointly conduct Tiger TRIUMP, the first ever tri-services amphibious exercise. It is to be conducted in Visakhapatnam and Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. It includes field training and events that simulate humanitarian assistance in disaster times. The event will also hold simulations in moving disaster relief forces from ship to  shore.

Highlights

  • More than 1200 Indian sailors, airmen and soldiers are to participate in the exercise
  • From the US side, around 500 marines, airmen and sailors will participate.
  • It is a nine-day exercise and begins on November 13, 2019.
  • The soldiers from both the sides will become familiar with each others’ support capabilities during the exercise
  • The US will conduct casualty evacuation simulations from shore to ship
  • Indian Air Force will perform cross deck-landings
  • The forces will demonstrate advance inter operability, naval integration and will exchange best practices
  • The forces will also embark each others’ vessels participating in the exercise. This will help the forces to become familiar with the counterpart’s tactics, procedures and techniques.

Significance

  • The exercise will help both the countries to exchange knowledge and to establish professional and personal relationship
  • The exercise acts as a platform for the countries to become familiar with their counterpart’s aviation capability
  • It boosts the capability of the Indian and US troops in humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and counter terrorism.

Tiger Triumph: India-US joint tri-services exercise to be held in Andhra Pradesh

India and the United States are set to hold their first tri-services exercise code-named as ‘Tiger Triumph’ at Visakhapatnam and Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. It is scheduled to be held in November 2019.

This will be only 2nd time that India will deploy assets and manpower from its Army, Navy and Air Force together for an exercise with a foreign country. India had earlier conducted similar tri-service exercise ‘Indra wargames’ with Russia at Vladivostok in 2017.

Tiger Triumph: India-US tri-services Exercise

This first-ever tri-Service exercise between India and US will focus on large-scale amphibious Humanitarian Relief and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations. It will be held along eastern coast in Bay of Bengal.

It is being organised under the aegis of headquarters of Integrated Defence Staff.

The announcement in this regard was made by US President Donald Trump in Houston during the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event.

The scheduled exercise highlights strong and growing bilateral defence ties between India and America.

Background

The announcement about the tri-services exercise comes after Final Planning Conference (FPC) for India-US Tri-Services Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) concluded at Headquarters Eastern Naval Command on 20 September 2019. The conference was attended by delegates from US Navy and Marine Corps and representatives from Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.

During the conference, participants had a discussion on planning of exercise and interactions on issues related to the conduct of exercise. Both teams from US and India also visited campsite at Kakinada and conducted table-top exercises as preparatory activities.

NOTE:

Every Year, India and the US, hold a flurry of combat exercises namely-

  1. Naval Malabar (with Japan as 3rd participant)
  2. Counter-terror Vajra Prahar
  3. Yudh Abhyas drills between India-US armies.

As of now, India and the US have conducted defence hardware trade around $18 billion over last 10 years and many more defence deals are still in the pipeline.