The Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force have initiated the 12th edition of their annual joint military exercise, named “Ex Ekuverin,” at Chaubatia, Uttarakhand. This bilateral exercise, which derives its name from the Maldivian language, meaning “Friends,” aims to enhance interoperability in Counter Insurgency/Counter Terrorism Operations, as mandated by the United Nations. Furthermore, it provides a platform for both forces to collaborate on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations.
Enhancing Interoperability and Cooperation
Over the course of 14 days, a platoon strength contingent from the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force will actively participate in the “Ex Ekuverin” exercise. The primary focus of this exercise is to share best practices, enhance coordination, and foster cooperation at a tactical level. By conducting this exercise, the two nations aspire to strengthen their military ties and bolster overall bilateral cooperation, encompassing economic, cultural, and various other aspects.
History and Previous Editions
The Maldives hosted the 11th edition of this joint military exercise in December 2021. Over the years, defence cooperation between India and the Maldives has expanded, encompassing joint exercises, as well as assistance in defence training and equipment requirements. The annual conduct of “Ex Ekuverin” further solidifies the bond between the two nations, fostering mutual trust and understanding.
Counter Insurgency/Counter Terrorism Operations
The “Ex Ekuverin” exercise plays a crucial role in enhancing the capabilities of both the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force in conducting Counter Insurgency/Counter Terrorism Operations. By focusing on the exchange of best practices, the exercise facilitates the sharing of knowledge and expertise in dealing with these challenges effectively. This joint training enables both forces to refine their strategies and tactics, ensuring a coordinated approach when confronted with such threats.
Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations
In addition to Counter Insurgency/Counter Terrorism Operations, the “Ex Ekuverin” exercise places significant emphasis on the conduct of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations. Participating contingents will practice joint response mechanisms and coordination in the event of natural disasters or humanitarian crises. This aspect of the exercise enhances the readiness of both forces to provide timely assistance and support to affected communities, further strengthening their ability to work together during times of need.
The Indo-Maldives joint military exercise, “Ex Ekuverin,” holds substantial potential for both nations. It serves as a platform for building trust, enhancing interoperability, and fostering a deeper understanding between the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force. The exercise facilitates the exchange of knowledge, experiences, and skills, contributing to the overall growth of both forces. As the two nations continue to strengthen their cooperation in various fields, “Ex Ekuverin” will play a pivotal role in further bolstering the ties between India and the Maldives.
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Ex Ekuverin – FAQs
Q1: What is the purpose of the joint military exercise “Ex Ekuverin” between the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force?
Ans: The main goal of “Ex Ekuverin” is to improve interoperability in operations against insurgency and terrorism carried out in accordance with UN mandate. Additionally, it offers a chance for coordinated disaster relief and humanitarian assistance efforts.
Q2: What is the objective of the joint exercise in terms of cooperation between the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force?
Ans: The purpose of “Ex Ekuverin” is to tactically exchange best practises, develop coordination, and foster teamwork. It intends to promote economic, cultural, and all-around bilateral cooperation while fortifying military relations.
Q3: How does the “Ex Ekuverin” exercise contribute to Counter Insurgency/Counter Terrorism Operations?
Ans: The training exercise improves both forces’ capacity to conduct counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations. It enables the sharing of knowledge and skills while enhancing approaches and techniques for a coordinated strategy in tackling such problems.