Exercise Sampriti 2019: India-Bangladesh joint military exercise begins
In addition to understanding each other in tactical level operations, the exercise also lays emphasis on greater cultural understanding to strengthen military trust and cooperation between the two nations.
Indo-Bangladesh joint military exercise, ‘Exercise Sampriti 2019’ began on March 2, 2019 at Tangail, Bangladesh. This will be the eighth edition of the exercise which is hosted alternately by both countries.
The exercise will conclude on March 15, 2019. As part of the ongoing India-Bangladesh defence cooperation, Exercise Sampriti is an important bilateral endeavor between India and Bangladesh.
The exercise is aimed to strengthen and broaden the aspects of interoperability and cooperation between the Indian and Bangladesh Armies.
· The exercise began with the ceremonial salute of the participating contingents to the national flags of both the countries to the strains of “Jana Gana Mana” and the “Amar Shonar Bangla”.
· The Bangladesh contingent was represented by 36 East Bengal Battalion, while Indian side was represented by 9th Battalion the Rajputana Rifles.
· A company group from Bangladesh Army and an equal number from Indian Army are taking part in the two-week long exercise.
· The experts from both the sides will also hold discussions to share each other’s experiences in varied topics for mutual benefits.
· The exercise will involve tactical level operations in a counter insurgency and counter terrorism environment under the mandate of the United Nations.
· Both sides will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well-developed tactical drills for neutralisation of likely threats that may be encountered during simulated UN peace keeping operations.
About Exercise Sampriti
• The Exercise Sampriti is a Joint Training Exercise between India-Bangladesh held alternately in India and Bangladesh every year.
• The aim of this excise is to build, strengthen and promote positive relations between the Armies of India and Bangladesh.
• In addition to understanding each other in tactical level operations, the exercise lays emphasis on greater cultural understanding to strengthen military trust and cooperation between the two nations.
• The joint exercise was first held in Assam in 2011.