New Delhi: Joint military exercise of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technological and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) countries began at Pune on Monday.
The Inaugural Military Field Training Exercise for the BIMSTEC named MILEX-18 started with a grand opening ceremony at Aundh Military Station.An Indian Army press release says that contingents of the six member nations came together for the opening ceremony. The parade was commanded by Capt Gaurav Sharma, who is part of the participating Indian contingent.
Army contingent from Bangladesh led by its Army chief Gen Aziz Ahmed was also present at the occasion. Army contingents of India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and representative of Thailand were present. Only Nepal did not send any contingent.
The contingents marched together smartly at the drill ground of Aundh Military Station. Maj Gen Sanjeev Sharma, General Officer Commanding, Golden Katar Division, and chief guest for the opening ceremony, reviewed the parade, in presence of number of officers and officials of participating nations.
During the parade there was also a fly past of army aviation helicopters which carried the national flags of the member nations. The General Officer Commanding interacted with the contingents after the completion of the parade. The members of all participating nations also interacted and familiarised with each other.
The aim of the exercise is to practice the BIMSTEC nations in planning counter terrorist operations. The exercise schedule is focused upon learning of best practices, team building and special tactical level operations in a counter-terrorist environment in semi urban setting.
Anaugural edition of the BIMSTEC MILEX 18 was carried out in all military grandeur, razor edge precision and with complete sanctity that a military parade should display.