Washington: Indian and the US navy are
conducting their annual amphibious training exercise - Habu
Nag -- in the East China Sea, which is designed to enhance
their bilateral interoperability, including humanitarian
assistance and disaster response.
Forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex
(LHD 2) is participating in this exercise, while several
officers of the Indian Armed Forces embarked on it to observe
Navy and Marine amphibious training and to participate in a
The exercise that started on September 29 is scheduled
to conclude today.
"A key aspect is that the US has Marines embedded with
Navy staff, doing jobs for the Navy that are Marine Corps
oriented and vice versa," said Lt Col Evan Holt, a Marine
liaison officer assigned to Commander, Task Force 76, who is
working with the Indian officers.
"We want to demonstrate how two different services
with two different goals mesh their operations and personnel
to complete those goals," Holt said.
Cmdr Gagan Kaushal, of the Indian navy said the
exercise gives them the chance to get a ground view of how
everything is executed.
"It also gives us the chance to get a ground view of
how everything is executed," he said.
Noting that it has been a wonderful experience being
on a US ship, Col Manoj Tiwari, of the Indian Army said: "We
have learned a lot about the US Marine Corps and how they
function and work with the naval element.
We have the experience on land; what we hope to learn
is how the Marines perform landings and facilitate more fluid
interaction between our own naval and amphibious elements."