New Delhi (NVI): 10-day long multinational military exercise ‘Shantir Ogrosena-2021’, in which troops of four countries including India participated, culminated today at Bangabandhu Senanibas (BBS) in Bangladesh.
Troops of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka along with observers from the US, UK, Turkey, Russia, Kuwait, Singapore and Saudi Arabia, among others, participated in the multilateral exercise that began on April 4, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
The aim of the exercise was to strengthen defence ties and enhance interoperability amongst neighbourhood countries to ensure effective peace keeping operations, it said.
The Armies of all participating nations shared their wide experiences and enhanced their situational awareness through robust information exchange platforms.
The exercise culminated with a validation phase and closing ceremony organised on the theme of Robust Peace Keeping Operations jointly undertaken by contingents of Indian Army, Royal Bhutanese Army, Sri Lankan Army and Bangladesh Army, preceded by an Army Chiefs Conclave, the MoD said.
General MM Naravane, Chief of the Army Staff witnessed the validation phase of the exercise. He had also delivered a Keynote Address on “Changing Nature of Global Conflicts: Role of UN Peacekeepers” on 11 April 2021.
The COAS also interacted with the senior officers of the participating nations and Military Observers from other countries.
The contingents displayed highest standards of professionalism during the exercise and also displayed their skills in volleyball, firing and cultural activities, as per the Ministry.