Forces of India and United States conducted joint exercise for disaster assistance

New Delhi: Soldiers of U.S. marine and U.S. navy conducted a joint exercise with Indian soldiers in the area of humanitarian assistance and disaster response. The joint exercise on Wednesday was held in Kakinada of East Godavari district. The exercise included staff-planning events as well as field training that simulates moving a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief force from ship to shore.

Training like this builds the capacity of both the U.S. and Indian participants, while improving their ability to operate together. Speaking on the occasion Rear Admiral Suraj Berry, Eastern Fleet Commander, said “This exercise aimed at improving the capacity of both India and the United States to face the challenges of humanitarian crisis during natural calamities like cyclone.

“We are here because both the United States and India are willing to help each other in building their capacities to work better during bad times,” said Lt. Col. Dana Demer, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Commander. He said both the countries are well equipped and well trained for humanitarian assistance and disaster response. This activity was part nine-day Tiger Triumph that started in Vizag on November 13 and will conclude on Thursday in Kakinada. More than 500 U.S. Marines and sailors and 1,200 Indian soldiers, sailors, and airmen are part of the nine-day joint exercise. The exercise also include the ships – INS Jalashwa (L41) and USS Germantown.