‘Tiger Triumph’ concludes

The joint exercise focuses on humanitarian assistance

November 21, 2019 06:57 pm | Updated November 22, 2019 07:34 am IST - VISAKHAPATNAM

Indian and U.S. armed forces at the closing ceremony of the tri-services exercise at Kakinada on Thursday.

Indian and U.S. armed forces at the closing ceremony of the tri-services exercise at Kakinada on Thursday.

The first-ever India and U.S. armed forces tri-services exercise ‘Tiger Triumph’ concluded off the Kakinada coast, East Godavari district, with a grand closing ceremony onboard the U.S. Navy ship Germantown on Thursday.

This was the first tri-services exercise by both countries on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR), which was held from November 13 to 21.

During the exercise, Indian and U.S. forces jointly transited from Visakhapatnam to the simulated HADR location at Kakinada. In Kakinada, the troops were transferred ashore and set up a joint command and control centre and a joint relief and medical camp.

Apart from Indian Navy ship INS Jalashwa and U.S. Navy ship USS Germantown, over 500 US Marines and sailors and 1,200 Indian soldiers and officers participated in the exercise.

Apart from HADR, the exercise included live fire drills, ship manoeuvrers, and landings by Indian helicopters on the Germantown’s flight deck.

Personal relationship

U.S. Marine Corps First Lieutenant Tori Sharpe noted: “Exercise Tiger Triumph enhanced U.S.-India military-to-military relations and honed individual and small-unit skills in the context of a HADR scenario. It exposed Indian and U.S. forces to different training environments, weaponry and tactics. Through training side-by-side and sharing best practices, both Indian and U.S. troops not only learned from one another but also established personal and professional relationships.”

Acting U.S. Consul-General to Hyderabad Eric Alexander said: “India's role as a stabilizing power in the region is critical for trade and transit between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. India and the United States have a shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region that provides prosperity and security for all.”

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