Special Forces Current Affairs - 2020

DanX: Defence of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Exercise

The second edition of the Defense of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, 2019, a large joint exercise was conducted by the ANC (Andaman and Nicobar Command) between October 14 and October 18, 2019. Mobilisation and Field manoeuvres were carried out by the Indian Army, Coastal Guard, Air Force and Indian Navy to validate defensive plans of the ANC.

Apart from the forces of ANC the newly formed AFSOD (Armed Forces Special Operation Division) and accretional forces from the mainland comprising ships and aircraft also participated in the exercise.

ANC-Andaman and Nicobar Command

The command was created in 2001. It is the first and only tri-service command of the Indian Armed Forces based at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It was created to safeguard India’s interests in Strait of Malacca and in South East Asia. The ANC provides logistics and administrative support to Indian ships that are deployed in East Asia and Pacific Ocean.

AFSOD-Armed Forces Special Operation Division

It is the tri service of Indian Armed Forces. They carry out special operations. It draws personnel from all the three special warfare branches. The special warfare branches are organized, trained and equipped using unconventional tactics and techniques.

Special Forces of India

The special Forces of India are trained and equipped to conduct and support special operations. The branches of the Indian Special Force units include

  • The Para SF of the Indian Army
  • Commando Force of Indian Air Force
  • Part of the forces are also deputed in AFSOD
  • Special Group of the Research and Analysis Wing

Vajra Prahar: India-USA joint military exercise commences in Jaipur

India, US Joint Special Forces Exercise 2018 named Vajra Prahar commenced at Mahajan Field Firing Range (MFFR), Bikaner in Rajasthan. The exercise was called between Special Forces of both countries to deal with operations for counter-terrorism and is being done at unit as well as sub-unit levels.

Key Facts

For this exercise, US Army is represented by contingent of one officer and 10 Other Ranks from Special Forces Group of United States Pacific Command. They will carry out 12 days rigorous joint training in semi desert and rural terrain with aim to enhance inter-operability of the two armed forces and further military to military co-operation.

The contingents of both countries in this exercise, will train on aspects such as hostage rescue, building intervention, desert survival, medical aid and combat firing. At the end of training, they will undertake a three-day outdoor exercise to validate their best practices.