Aizwal: A 14-day joint military exercise between Japan and India culminated at a joint function presided over by General Goes Yuasa, Chief of Staff, Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces, and Lieutenant General Rajeev Sirohi, GOC, 3 Corps, at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) in Vairengte, Mizoram on Thursday.
The primary focus of the exercise was to train and equip the contingents in counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism operations in mountainous terrain.
On Wednesday, the two contingents demonstrated hostage rescue operations in an urban setting.
The entire curriculum was planned in a progressive manner wherein the participants were initially familiarised with each others’ organisation, weapons and combat skills before graduating to joint tactical.
As part of the exercise, important lectures, demonstrations and drills related to counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations were conducted. Both the armies also shared their valuable experiences in countering such situations as also refined drills and procedures for joint operations. The exercise culminated with a 72 hours validation phase.
Besides fostering mutual understanding and trust, this joint exercise marks reaffirmation of India and Japan to further strengthen bilateral security and defence cooperation.