India, US bilateral HADR exercise ‘Tiger Triumph-24’ begins

New Delhi, Mar 18 (UNI) A bilateral tri-Service Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise between India and US, ‘Tiger Triumph-24’ commenced on the Eastern Seaboard on Monday.

Indian Navy Ships with integral helicopters and landing crafts embarked, Indian Navy aircraft, Indian Army personnel and vehicles and Indian Air Force aircraft and helicopters along with the Rapid Action Medical Team (RAMT) would be participating in the exercise, an Indian Navy statement said.

The US would be represented by US Navy Ships with embarked troops of the US Marine Corps and US Army.

The exercise is aimed at developing interoperability for conducting HADR operations and refine Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to enable rapid and smooth coordination between forces of both countries.

The Harbour Phase is scheduled from March 18 to 25. Personnel from both navies would 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 in accordance with injected situations.

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