Contingents of the member nations came together for the opening ceremony of MILEX-18 that will continue till September 18
The inaugural military field training exercise for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technological and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) nations named MILEX-18 started with a grand opening ceremony at the Aundh Military Station, India on Monday.
Contingents of the member nations came together for the opening ceremony of MILEX-18 that will continue till September 18, according to the Press Information Bureau (PIB), India.
The parade was commanded by Captain Gaurav Sharma, who is part of the participating Indian contingent, where the contingents marched together at the Drill Ground of the Aundh Military Station.
Major General Sanjeev Sharma, general officer commanding, Golden Katar Division, chief guest for the opening ceremony, reviewed the parade, in the presence of a number of officers and officials of the participating nations.
During the parade there was also a fly past of army aviation helicopters, carrying the national flags of the member nations.
The general officer commanding interacted with the contingents on completion of the parade.
Members of all participating nations also interacted and familiarized themselves with each other after the opening ceremony.
The aim of the forthcoming exercise is for the Bimstec Nations to practice in planning and conduct of counter terrorist operations.
The exercise schedule is focused upon learning of best practices, team building and special tactical level operations in a counter-terrorist environment in semi urban settings. The inaugural edition of the Bimstec MILEX-18 was carried out in all military grandeur, razor edge precision and with complete sanctity that a military parade should display.
Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal are among the countries dependent on the Bay of Bengal.