Indo-US joint training exercise Yudh Abhyas 2017 which started on September 14, 2017 at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, USA served as an ideal platform for the two countries to share their expertise on military operations. The theme of the exercise was to build and develop positive military relations and inter-operability to conduct Counter Terrorism, Counter Insurgency, Regional Security Operations and Peace Keeping Operations under UN Charter.
The US contingent was represented by Company of 5th Infantry Battalion from 20 Infantry Regiment of the US Army while the Indian side was represented by soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 11 Gorkha Rifles from the Surya Command. Major General Willard M Burlesan, GOC 7th Infantry Division, US Army welcomed the Indian soldiers, and in his inaugural remarks highlighted the common shared beliefs of democracy, freedom, equality and justice that are precious to both nations.
The scope of the the two week long exercise included a brigade headquarter based command post exercise, expert academic discussions on strategic issues of mutual concern by experts of both countries and combined training between Infantry Battalion part of Surya Command and similar participation consisting of Stryker elements from the US Army.
During the first week, participants were made familiar with each other's organizational structure, weapons, equipment, and tactical drills while Commander and Staff Officers of both sides worked in close coordination to collate intelligence to issue suitable operational orders to the combined field training components. Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2017 has met all the desired objectives so far and has helped both the armies to develop the due synergy.