Surya Kiran XI Joint Military Exercise concludes in Pithorgarh
Besides training, troops also rubbed shoulders in friendly matches, spent spare time in local sightseeing and engaged in other traditional military activities.
Indo-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran XI concluded on 20 March 2017 at Pithorgarh in Uttarakhand.
The exercise culminated with a 48 hour outdoor exercise in which troops of both the countries carried out a cordon and search operation in a mock village.
Highlights of Surya Kiran XI
• It was the 11th edition of the Surya Kiran exercise. The 14-day long exercise began on 7 March 2017.
• The EKTA SHAKTI Battalion of the Punjab Regiment of Indian Army and the DURGA BAHSH Battalion of Nepalese Army participated in the joint military exercise.
• The aim of the exercise was to train troops in counter insurgency operations and enhance defence cooperation and military relations between the two countries.
• The Surya Kiran XI provided an ideal platform for the personnel of the two armies to share their experiences.
• The training was conducted in the hills adjoining Pithoragarh to give a realistic environ to the contingents to practice and rehearse drills.
• The exercise formally incorporated issues related to Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Management (HADR).
About Surya Kiran
• Surya Kiran refers to a series of annual joint military exercises that are alternatively conducted in India and Nepal.
• It seeks to enhance defense cooperation and military relations between both the countries.
• In the series of military training exercises undertaken by India with various countries, Surya Kiran is considered as the largest in terms of troop’s participation.