Indian and Japanese Army soldiers in a joint military exercise at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) in Vairengte, Mizoram on Saturday Credit: Defence PRO

Aizawl: The second edition of bilateral annual military exercise between the Indian and Japan Armies called ‘Dharma Guardian’ commenced at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) in Vairengte, Mizoram on Saturday.

Opening ceremony of the joint India-Japan military exercise in Mizoram

The Japanese contingent is represented by 34th Infantry Regiment, 1st Div of Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces (JGSDF), while the Indian contingent is represented by a battalion of the Dogra Regiment.

25 soldiers from Indian and Japanese armies are participating in this joint exercise. The aim of exercise is to train troops in counter insurgency/counter terrorism operations in mountainous terrains. Exercise Dharma Guardian 2019 will further strengthen the long standing strategic ties between India and Japan.

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India-Japan joint military exercise starts at Vairengte in Mizoram

As part of the exercise, important lectures, demonstrations and drills related to counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations will be conducted. Both the Armies will also share their valuable experiences in countering such situations as also refine drills and procedures for joint operations.

The exercise will culminate with a 72-hour validation phase which will test the skills of soldiers in conducting joint operations in a counter-terrorism scenario.

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