Indian Armed Forces Contingent Reaches HANOI

  • To take part in the fourth edition of Joint Military Exercise VINBAX-2023.
  • The exercise will be conducted at Hanoi, Vietnam from 11th to 21st December 2023.
  • The Indian contingent comprises 39 personnel from the Engineer Regiment of Bengal Engineer Group and six personnel from the Army Medical Corps.
  • The Vietnam People’s Army contingent will be represented by 45 personnel.

VINBAX:

  • It was instituted in 2018 and the first edition was conducted at Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.
  • It is an annual training event conducted alternatively in India and Vietnam.
  • Last edition was conducted at Chandimandir Military Station in August 2022.
  • Aim is to foster a collaborative partnership, promote interoperability and share best practices between the two sides under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter on Peacekeeping Operations.
  • It will be conducted as a Command Post Exercise cum Field Training Exercise with a focus on the deployment and employment of an Engineer Company and a Medical Team.

Uses:

  • Will encourage the exchange of ideas and both contingents will jointly rehearse tactics, techniques and procedures.
  • Ideas will be exchanged on modern methods to construct roads, culverts, helipads, ammunition shelters and observation posts in operational areas.
  • Rehearsals will be carried out for drills related to combat engineering and combat medical tasks.
  • Will culminate with a Validation Exercise, wherein standards attained by both contingents will be showcased.
  • Both sides will conduct technical military operations per scenarios akin to worldwide deployment of United Nations’ contingents.
  • Will help in promoting understanding and interoperability between the two contingents and further strengthen the defence cooperation between the friendly armies.
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