Bikaner,The Indo - French joint training EX SHAKTI- 2016 commenced at Mahajan on 08 January 2016 with opening ceremony that saw the unfurling of the National Flags of both countries amidst playing of the National anthems, “Jana Gana Mana” and the “La Marseillaise”.
On January 06, the French contingent of a platoon group of 35th Infantry Regiment comprising of 56 persons landed at Suratgarh directly from France. The 08 days schedule is focused upon joint training on Counter Insurgency/ Counter Terrorism environment under United Nations mandate.
The opening ceremony was held at Mahajan field firing range. Brigadier SS Mohite Officer Commanding, Indian Brigade welcomed the French contingent. He urged both contingents to achieve optimum cohesion and inter operability to achieve the military objectives of the exercise. He stressed upon importance of free exchange of ideas, concepts and best practices between the troops and the necessity to learn from others experiences. The welcome speech was followed by cultural programmes.
The joint exercise will facilitate both armies to know each other better, share their wide experiences and enhance their situational awareness through information exchange. This will help them in undertaking in joint operations at platoon level for neutralization of terrorist threat under the ambit of United Nations Mandate.