The Indo-Russian military exercise ‘INDRA-2016’ concluded Saturday after 11 days of intense and exacting training in counter-terrorism operations. The closing ceremony was held at the 249th Combined Armed Range, Sergieviesky in the Ussiriysk District of Primosski krai Province in Russia, said a statement issued by the Indian Army.
Eighth in the series of bilateral exercises under this banner, the joint exercise this year focused on conduct of counter insurgency, counter terrorist operations under United Nations’ mandate in semi mountainous and jungle terrain. The exercise also provided an opportunity to both the armies for greater cultural understanding, sharing experiences and strengthening mutual trust and co-operation.
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Participants from sides expressed satisfaction at the conclusion, in terms of the standards achieved in the validation phase of the training. The validation exercise which was spread over three days included securing of assembly area, axis clearance, occupation of blocking position, isolation and finally neutralization of a group of terrorists.
The exercise concluded with a closing ceremony where the Contingents marched in unison past the saluting dais exhibiting their resolve to further the Indo-Russian friendship, said the statement.
The contingent was addressed by Maj. Gen. Andrei Ivanovich Sichevoe, COS of the Fifth Army of Russia and Brigadier Sukrit Chadah, who expressed great satisfaction with the high standards achieved in the joint training exercise. According to the statement, 15 personnel from each side were awarded medals of excellence for their outstanding performance during the exercise.
The closing ceremony was also attended by the Vice Governor of the Primosski krai Province and members of the district administration. The Indian Army contingent will depart for India on October 3.