Eighth Indo-Seychelles Joint Army Exercise
The 8th joint military exercise between the Indian Army and Seychelles People's Defence Forces was conducted from February 24 to March 4, 2018 at Mahe Island, Seychelles. The exercise was named "LAMITYE" which in the local dialect 'Creole', means friendship. This exercise was the 8th in the series of bilateral exercises being conducted in the beautiful island nation.
India and Seychelles have been conducting this joint exercise since 2001 with the aim of enhancing military cooperation and interoperability between the Armies of the two countries. The focus of the exercise was to conduct counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations in semi urban environment under the United Nations (UN) charter. The nine day long event saw the contingents hone their tactical and technical skills in countering insurgency and terrorism in UN Peacekeeping scenario involving the activation of the Joint Operations Centre of the Seychelles People's Defence Force. The Seychelles People's Defence Force was represented by a total of 52 personnel from their Special Forces Unit, Coast Guard and the Air Force, whereas an Infantry Platoon from the Southern Command represented the Indian Army.
Use of State-of-the-art equipment for surveillance and tracking, specialist weapons for close quarter battle with terrorists, use and detection of improvised explosive devices as well as the latest communication equipment were fielded during the exercise.
- Manoj Tuli