Indo-Thailand joint military exercise begins at Umroi cantonment

Shillong Sept 16: Exercise MAITREE, an annual bilateral joint exercise between the Indian Army and the Royal Thailand Army commenced at the Joint Training Node, Umroi in Ri-Bhoi district Meghalaya of Monday.

The aim of this joint exercise is to provide training to troops in counter terrorism operation in both jungle terrain and urban scenario.

Colonel Thiradej Limkunagul, from the 111 Regiment of the Royal Thailand Army led the 45-member Thai troop while Colonel Manish Joshi of the Indian Army led the Indian troop to the bilateral joint exercise.

Exercise MAITREE-2019 has been the face of long standing bilateral ties between India and Thailand since 2006.

The 14-day exercise which will conclude on September 29, is being conducted under the overarching framework of United Nations Mandate, 2006.

The exercise will culminate with a 48-hour joint exercise, which will showcase the planning and execution of joint skills of soldiers while conducting any counter terrorism operation.

Both contingents will share their valuable experiences in the conduct of counter terrorism operations in form of lectures, drills, demonstrations and skill-at–arm with an aim to refine tactics, techniques and procedures.