PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU(DEFENCE WING)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
INDIA CHINA JOINT EXERCISE
HAND-IN-HAND : 2015 CONCLUDES
Thursday, Oct 22, 2015
The Indo-ChinaCombined Military Training Exercise Hand in Hand 2015 commenced on 12 Oct at Kunming Military Academy, Yunnan, China.The exercise concluded with a Joint Field Exercise followed by an impressive closing ceremony, today.
Participatingtroops from both sides had trained together and learned from each other in mixed groups on Basic Individual Skills (combat boxing, basic mountaineeringand shooting), Comprehensive Combat Skills (obstacle crossing, combat shooting,demolition, high intensity physicaltraining) and unit/ sub unit tactics, especially in a counter terrorism scenario. A joint field exercise depicting counter terrorist operations on India China border areas was held from 21 to 22 Oct to validate the exercise objectives. A series of challenging tactical situations were presented to validate the reactions of the sub-units and a very high level of professionalism and coordination was seen among troopsof both the armies. The exercise was overlooked by the observer delegation of both countries today,who expressed satisfaction at level of assimilation achieved by the troops ofboth sides.
This was followed by the Closing Ceremony which commenced with an impressive paradeby both contingents wherein national flags of both countries were brought on parade, followed by playing national anthems. The heads of observer delegation of both countries reviewed the parade and thereafter awarded certificates and medals to outstanding members of each others contingents.
Lt Gen AL Chavan,head of the Indian Observer Delegation addressed the gathering and congratulated both contingents for successful conduct of Joint Exercise. He stated that the intimate understanding and good will generated during the exercise will go a long way in further strengthening military bonds between both armies and has helped in understanding each others organization andconduct of counter terrorist operations.
Maj Gen ZhangBing, Deputy Chief of Staff of Chengdu Military Command and head of the Chinese Observer Delegation stated that this was the fifth joint counter terrorist exercise which shows the power of both countries to fight terrorism together and highlights the determination and vision of both countries to maintain regional security, stability and develop a conducive environment for development. He complemented all participants and said that the Chinese side was impressed by the professionalism and spirit of theIndian Contingent during the Joint Training.
The joint exercise has met its stated objectives ; to exchange experience on counter-terrorist training and conducting counter-terrorist operations, enhance mutual trust andunderstanding and promote healthy military relations between the two armies.
The Indian contingent will return to India by military aircraft on 23 Oct 15
Col Rohan Anand, SM