Vairengete, Mizoram. Exercise DHARMA GUARDIAN – 2018, a joint military exercise between Indian and Japanese Armies, commenced at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengete, Mizoram on November 1.
The Japanese contingent is being represented by 32nd Infantry Battalion, while the Indian side is being represented by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles. Approximately one platoon strength each of both the battalions is participating in this exercise. The opening ceremony was given a patriotic start by contingents of both the countries singing their respective national anthems.
Being first-of-its-kind, the 14 days long joint exercise is being conducted from November 1 to 14. The exercise will consist of a balance of indoor classes and outdoor training activities. The objective of this exercise is to build and promote army to army relations in addition to exchanging skills and experiences between both the armies.
Due emphasis will be laid on enhancing tactical skills to fight against global terrorism and on increasing inter-operability between forces of both countries, which is crucial for the success of any joint operation.
Both sides would jointly train, plan and execute a series of well developed tactical drills for neutralization of likely threats that may be encountered in urban warfare scenario. The exercise will contribute immensely in developing mutual understanding and respect for each other’s military.