By A Newsman
Kolkata, 05 April: A joint military training between the armies of India and Mongolia kicked off today at Vairengte in Mizoram under the aegis of the Eastern Command headquartered at Fort William in Kolkata.
Christened Nomadic Elephant, the exercise is being held at the famous Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School located at Vairengte. This is 12th such exercise between India and Mongolia, and is aimed at training the troops in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations under the United Nations mandate.
The Mongolian Army is being represented by nine officers and 36 soldiers of its elite 084 Special Forces Task Battalion; Indian Army is being represented by a contingent three officers, four JCOs, and 39 soldiers of the Jammu & Kashmir Rifles.
The 14 days training that is to culminate on 18 April, encompasses important aspects such as convoy protection, room intervention drills, ambush / counter-ambush drills in joint counter-terrorist operations.
The emphasis is also on conducting operations by a cohesive sub-unit, comprising of troops from both the armies, in intensive adverse operational conditions and is aimed at enhancing the inter-operability between the two armies, Eastern Command chief spokesperson, Wing Commander SS Birdi, said.