Dehradun: A combined training exercise between the US and Indian armies formally came to an end on Tuesday at Chaubattia in Almora district.
The 14-day long exercise named 'Yudh Abhyas 2014' provided an ideal platform to the army personnel of the two countries to share their experiences on counter insurgency and terrorist operations, especially in mountainous terrain.
The exercise brought together elements of the 2nd Battalion of 9th Gurkha Rifles under the Mountain Brigade of lndian Army and Company 5-'1 Cavalry, 1 Stryker Brigade, 25 infantry Division of US Army, a release from the army here said.
The exercise that commenced on September 17 at Ranikhet and Chaubattia, was the tenth in the Yudh Abhays series, which started in 2004 under US Army Pacific partnership program.
Over the years the two countries have decided to progressively increase the scope and content of the?combined exercise.'
'Yudh Abhyas 2014' witnessed a Brigade Headquarter-based Command Post Exercise, an lnfantry company carrying out Field Training Exercise, discussions on strategic issues of mutual concern by experts of both countries and joint training between detachments of Special Forces.
Major General Lawrence Haskins of the US Army expressed satisfaction on the conduct of training and praised the effort of the Indian Army, in making the combined exercise a success by achieving the laid down objectives, the release said.
"Besides promoting understanding and interoperability between the two armies, the exercise will further assist in strengthening ties between India and the US," it said.
The commanders and staff officers of both the sides worked in close coordination to receive and collate intelligence and to issue suitable operational orders to the combined field training components, who executed these orders on ground in realistic situation.
The exercise curriculum was planned progressively where the participants were initially made to?get familiar with each other's organizational structure, weapons, equipment, and tactical drills, the release said.
Subsequently, the training advanced to joint tactical exercises wherein the battle drills of both the armies were coherently practised.