‘Exercise Surya Kiran-XIII’, the thirteenth Nepal-Indo Battalion Level Combined Training, concluded at Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand on June 12, 2018. Major General Rajendra Karki, GOC Mid-western Division Nepali Army and Maj Gen Neeraj Verma, COS Uttar Bharat Area Headquartered Indian Army, reviewed the ceremonial drill jointly presented by Gorakhbox battalion (Nepali Army) and 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles (Indian Army) during the closing ceremony held at Maietri Ground.
A total of 600 military personnel from the Nepali Army (300) and Indian Army (300) participated in the battalion-level joint exercise, including one section Women soldier from Nepali Army.
During the 14-day exercise, both the armies upgraded their practical skills of counter insurgency/ counter terrorism operations in both jungle & mountainous terrain and disaster management. They also shared their valuable experiences in countering such situations wherever the need so arises.
Surya Kiran series of bilateral military exercises are conducted annually, alternatively in India and Nepal. The two neighbours had commenced this kind of joint training at platoon level in 2010. The joint exercise, apart from increasing inter-operability between the two armies, aids in strengthening historical ties between the two friendly nations.