The maiden India-US joint tri-services humanitarian assistance and disaster relife (HARD) exercise, titled 'Tiger Triumph' began with a joint flag parade ceremony onboards INS Jalashwa on Thursday.
The exercise, which will go on for a week, is intended to represent the growing strategic partnership between the two countries. The aim of the exercise is to share standard operation procedures and best practices.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, eastern fleet command Rear Admiral Suraj Berry said, “This maiden tri-services exercice is an important landmark in the relationship between two countries."
He added that a bilateral partnership in defence equipment will help job creation in both nations. Rear Admiral Berry further said that Tata-Lockhead Martin's defence equipment projects being set up in Hyderabad will manufacture wings of fighter planes like F-16 from next month.
Addressing the inaugural, commanding officer(CO) of INS Jalashwa, Captain Vidyadhar Harke said that the exercise will not only help in realising the potention of the 'blue economy' it will also help face challenges at sea such as transnational crime, maritime terrorism and natural disasters.
CO of Us Navy Ship Germatown, Cristopher Causes said that a friendship will be built with the Indian armed forces in course of the seven-day-long exercise.
The on-going harbour phase of the exercise will include exchanges on subject matter expertise, discussions on case studies and planning and execution of various procedures. Upon completion of the harbour phase, ships will sail for the sea phase and undertake simulated maritime, amphibious and HADR operations at Kakinada from November 17 to 21