India, US to hold joint military exercise at Fort Bragg in 2013

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    As many as 400 Indian Army soldiers would arrive at Fort Bragg – home to airborne and special operations forces – in the United States next year, to hold a joint annual military exercise.

    The fortnight long "Yudh Abhyas" from May 3 to 17 is an exchange of combat units between the two countries – with each of them hosting it every alternate year.

    Some 400 American soldiers would attend the joint exercise.

    The purpose of the exercise will be bilateral operations, the exchange of ideas and developing the ability to work side by side, Lt Gen Francis J Wiercinski, the commanding general of US Army Pacific in Hawaii, told The Fayetteville Observer in a recent interview.


    "They've done competitions – squad, platoon. It's a pretty good exercise. It's evolving every year. Now at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with the 82nd Airborne Division, I think it will be a tremendous opportunity," the top US military leader said.

    Soldiers from the 18th Airborne Corps and California National Guard also will participate, the newspaper said.

    Observing that the US has a "budding relationship" with India, Wiercisnki said.

    India, US to hold joint military exercise at Fort Bragg in 2013 - The Times of India
     
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