The sixth edition of Ekuverin-2015, the annual joint military training exercise between the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Forces (MNDF), concluded at the Military Station, Pangode.Brigadier Samir Salunke, Station Commander, Pangode Military Station, presents a memento to Brig Ali Zuhair of the MNDF in T’Puram
The 2016 edition will be held in Maldives. Brigadier Samir Salunke, chief director of the exercise and Station Commander, Pangode Military Station, and Brigadier Ali Zuhair of the MNDF oversaw the final phase of the exercise. Senior officials from both armies, who reviewed the exercise, expressed their satisfaction over the level of training and jointmanship achieved between the troops, a defence spokesperson said.A total of 45 MNDF marines and an equal number of soldiers of the Indian Army’s Bihar Regiment took part in the two-week-long exercise. The bilateral annual exercise commenced in 2009 at Belgavi and is hosted alternately by India and the island nation for enhancing military cooperation and interoperability between the two forces. Ekuverin-2015 was also the first joint exercise involving an international contingent to be held in Thiruvananthapuram.