The inaugural military field training exercise for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technological and Economic Cooperation nations known as MILEX-18 started with a grand opening ceremony at Aundh Military Station, India on Monday.
Contingents of member nations came together for the opening ceremony of the MILEX-18 that will continue till September 18, according to Press Information Bureau, India.
The parade was commanded by Captain Gaurav Sharma who was a member of the participating Indian contingent. The contingents marched together smartly at the Drill Ground of Aundh Military Station.
Major General Sanjeev Sharma, general officer commanding of Golden Katar Division, chief guest for the opening ceremony, reviewed the parade attended by a number of officers and officials of the participating nations.
During the parade, there was also a fly past of army aviation helicopters which carried the national flags of the member nations.
The general officer commanding interacted with the contingents after the parade ended. The members of all participating nations also interacted with each other after the opening ceremony.
The aim of the forthcoming exercise is to prepare the Bimstec Nations to plan and conduct counter terrorist operations.
The exercise schedule is focused upon learning of best practices, team building and special tactical level operations in a counter-terrorist environment in semi-urban settings.
The inaugural edition of the Bimstec MILEX-18 was carried out in all military grandeur, razor edge precision and with complete sanctity that a military parade should display.
Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal were among the countries dependent on the Bay of Bengal.
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