Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) conducted a three-day Tri-Service Combat Exercise code named “Bull Strike” from November 3-5,2020 at Teressa Island in Nicobar Group of Islands.
The exercise saw participation from three services components of ANC, elements of Indian Army’s Parachute Brigade, MARCOS (Marine Commando Force) and Special Forces.
Lieutenant General Manoj Pande, Commander-in-Chief of ANC witnessed the exercise and addressed the troops.
i.The exercise focussed on interoperability and synergy among three services – Army, Navy and Air Force to maximise combat potential.
ii.The training activities included combat free fall and paradrop from Advanced Airlifter C-130J “Super Hercules” by a company of Para Commandos, action by MARCOS of Indian Navy and Special Heli Borne Operations (SHBO) by Indian Army Ghatak platoons.
iii.Ground based manoeuvres, tactics and procedures for joint operations were also rehearsed.
iv.Search and rescue (SAR) and medical evacuation procedures were also practised by the participating troops.
v.The practices in the Strategically-located Nicobar group of island assumes significance as it will be effective in countering Chinese moves in the Indian Ocean Region.
ANC was established as India’s first theatre command in October 2001.
Recent Related News:
i.On 17th July 2020, Indian Navy conducted major Naval exercises in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands led by Sanjay Vatsayan, Chief Rear Admiral of Eastern naval fleet as a display of strategic intents against China amid the current military conflicts in the Northeastern borders in Ladakh.
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