US army, NSG to conduct joint exercises in Hyderabad

Our Bureau | | Updated on: Mar 13, 2019

As a part of US-India security partnership, a special force of the US military forces and the Indian National Security Guard (NSG) will carry out joint exercises here. The key intent is to be well prepared and deploy actions to tackle crisis that may endanger public health and safety.

The forces from the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) stationed out of Okinawa, Japan are currently in Hyderabad undertaking the exercises. It will help build interoperability and comradeship between the two forces and is designed to enhance the capabilities of both Indian and US armed forces.

According to a release from the US Consulate, the training focusses on mutual defence operations, so both nations can more effectively employ forces and assist in the event of crises that may endanger public health and safety. The exercise will be overseen from the US Embassy, New Delhi and US Special Operations Pacific Command at Camp HM Smith in Hawaii. Hyderabad has become a hub of US-Indian defence manufacturing including joint-venture facilities, technology centers, and skills-development capacity.

The US Consul General in Hyderabad, Katherine Hadda said, “This Special Forces exercise in Hyderabad further advances our two countries’ operational coordination, and it will clearly benefit both our nations.”

These training events are part of US Indo-Pacific Command’s Theater Security Cooperation Program, conducted by the US military with a select group of nations in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance coordination and capabilities

The US has recognised India as a Major Defence Partner, and military collaboration between the two countries is a result of high-level trust and also consistent efforts to broaden the ways in which the US and India can work together.

Published on March 13, 2019
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