India and US Army contingents train for extremely cold weather conditions during Yudh Abhyas 21


October 19, 2021 11:51 AM STI

New Delhi [India], October 19 (ANI): Indian and United States Army contingents conducted extensive training activities during “Exercise Yudh Abhyas” underway in Alaska, United States, in which the military Indian taught American soldiers how to survive avalanches and extremely cold weather conditions.
As part of the ongoing Indo-American defense cooperation, the Joint Military Training Exercise “Ex Yudh Abhyas 2021” is being conducted at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska. The 14-day exercise began on October 15.
During the exercise, U.S. troops demonstrated the setting up of their Arctic tents (which can hold up to 10 soldiers per tent) which was followed by a demonstration and later a competition for setting up a tent as quickly as possible by a mixed team of Indians and US troops, the Indian military said.
The Indian Army contingent, made up of a team of instructors from the High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS), attended a demonstration conference of the different types of rock and snow gear with the climbers trained army.
The Indian military said the instructors also taught Americans how to survive avalanches and extremely cold weather conditions. The respective ready-to-eat (MRE) samples were also exchanged between the armies.
An informative lecture, on “Prevention and treatment of high altitude illnesses and cold injuries,” by an Indian Army medical officer was given to the two contingents, according to the Indian military.
The day ended with an informal sled race where teams of American and Indian soldiers competed against each other pulling sleds with loads.
As part of the command exercise, members of the California National Guard, officers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 25th Infantry Division of the United States Army and other officers participated alongside members of the Indian contingent in a number of scenario-building exercises on the role and operations of United Nations Forces in peacekeeping operations.
This comes in the middle of the 17th annual joint India-US training exercise “Ex Yudh Abhyas 21” which began on Friday at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska, US. The 14-day exercise includes joint training for UN-mandated operations, the Indian military said.
According to the Department of Defense, 300 US Army soldiers from the 1st (Airborne) Squadron of the 40th Cavalry Regiment and 350 soldiers from the 7th Madras Infantry Battalion Group of the Indian Army are participating in the exercise. The 14-day training program includes joint training activities in a counterinsurgency / counterterrorism environment under the United Nations mandate. (ANI)


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