Sixth-edition of Indo-France joint military exercise ‘EX-SHAKTI 2021’ begins at French port town of Frejus

The sixth edition of Indo France joint military exercise ‘EX-SHAKTI 2021’ is being conducted at the French port town of Frejus. The 12-day long bilateral exercise, which began yesterday, will conclude on the 26th of this month.

Defence Ministry said exercise SHAKTI will focus on Counter-Terrorism operations in the backdrop of semi-urban terrain under UN Mandate with an aim to enhance military cooperation and inter-operability between the two Armies.

A platoon strength of a Gorkha Rifles Infantry Battalion is representing the Indian Army in this 12-day bilateral exercise. Whereas The French side is being represented by troops of the 21st Marine Infantry Regiment of the 6th Light Armoured Brigade.

The last edition of Exercise SHAKTI was conducted at Foreign Training Node in Mahajan Field Firing Ranges, Rajasthan from 31 October to 13 November 2019 in which Counter-Terrorism operations in semi-desert terrain were practised and validated.

India and France carry out three biennial training exercises namely, Exercise GARUDA with Indian Airforce, Exercise VARUNA with Indian Navy and Exercise SHAKTI with the Indian Army.

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