Two week long platoon level joint military exercise Maitree-2018 (friendship) involving Indian and Thai armies concluded on Saturday, 19th August 2018. The exercise is an annual event which is aimed at strengthening the partnership between Royal Thai Army and Indian Army.
The platoon level exercise in Thailand began on the 6th of August with a familiarization training to develop the drills and procedures used in counter insurgency & counter terrorist operations in urban, rural and jungle terrain under the mandate of United Nations.
The initial days of field training also focused on familiarizing with each other’s modus operandi, basic maneuvers and developing joint drills.
The second phase included practice of several drills and tactical situation in counter insurgency environment, execution of tactical operations like search and destroy operation, house intervention and survival techniques.
The Maitree 2018 exercise culminated with a 72 hour long phase involving planning and execution of series of tactical operations like raid, pursuit, establishing military check posts and cordon and search operations.
“Both the armies immensely benefitted from each other’s expertise and experience in conduct of tactical level counter terrorist operations,” said Indian Army.
It said that the exercise helped in enhancing the cooperation between two armies & bonhomie between troops.