India US tri-services disaster relief exercise Tiger Triumph begins


Defence News India: India and US Wednesday kick-started a joint tri-services humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) exercise on eastern coast of India. The first ever such exercise – Tiger Triumph – is being held from November 13 to 21 at Vishakhapatnam sea base in Andhra Pradesh.

Indian Naval ships INS Jalashwa, Airavat and Sandhayak, Indian Army troops from 19 Madras and 7 Guards, and Indian Air Force MI-17 helicopters and Rapid Action Medical Team (RAMT) would be participating in the exercise.

The US would be represented by US Navy Ship Germantown with troops from US Third Marine Division. The Exercise is aimed to developing interoperability for conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

The harbour phase is scheduled at Visakhapatnam from November 13 to 16. Personnel from both navies would also participate in training visits, subject matter expert exchanges, sports events and social interactions. 

“On completion of the harbour phase, the ships, with troops embarked, would sail for the sea phase and undertake maritime, amphibious and HADR operations,” Indian Navy said in a statement.

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On reaching the HADR area at Kakinada, the landing of relief forces would be undertaken to the exercise scenario. 

At the HADR Exercise Area, a Joint Command and Control Centre, would be established jointly by the Indian Army and US Marines. 

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The IAFRAMT and the US Navy Medical Team would establish a Medical Facility Camp for providing medical aid to victims, who would have been previously evacuated by road and air to the Camp. 

This first ever such joint exercise would culminate with a closing ceremony onboard US Naval Ship Germantown on November 21.

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