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Exercise Ekuverin 2015 concludes in India

The Sixth joint military training exercise, between the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force commenced on August 31, and concluded on September 13 at Trivandrum, India.

A total of 45 marines from the Maldivian National Defence Force took part in the exercise, titled EKUVERIN 2015, along with 45 soldiers of the Indian Army, held at the military station, Trivandrum. The aim of the joint exercise is to acquaint both the forces with the other’s operating procedure in addition to forging increased understanding and inter-operability between the two armies. A tactical exercise involving the two troops was also held at the end of the exercise. The exercise provided an excellent opportunity for fostering jointmanship and interoperability between the defence forces of both countries. It was the first joint exercise involving an international contingent to be conducted at Trivandrum, which is being developed as a Training Node by the Indian Army. Brigadier Samir Salunke, Chief Director of the Exercise and Station Commander Pangode Military Station and Brig Ali Zuhair of MNDF witnessed the final phase of the exercise and reviewed the standards achieved.

The bilateral exercise, which commenced in 2009 at Belgaum, is held annually, alternately in India and Maldives with the aim of enhancing military cooperation and interoperability between defence forces of the two countries. Ekuverin 2014 was held at Maafilafushi, Maldives in November 2014.

September 19, 2015

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