Indian and French contingents participating in joint military exercise visit Marseille war cemetery

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The Indian and French contingent, participating in the joint military exercise ‘EX-SHAKTI’, visited the Marseille military cemetery where Indian soldiers from World War I were cremated.
Speaking to Twitter on Saturday, the Indian Army’s Supplementary Directorate of Public Information said the contingents paid tribute and “presented a guard of honor to the brave.”
No less than 1,002 Indian soldiers from the First World War were cremated in the Mazargues war cemetery.
“Indian and French contingent presenting a guard of honor to the brave at Mazargues war cemetery, France,” the tweet read.
The sixth edition of the Indo-France joint military exercise “Ex SHAKTI 2021” began at the military school in Draguignan, France, on November 15, the defense ministry said in a statement.
The Indian Army contingent is represented by a composite team of three officers, three junior officers and 37 soldiers from a battalion of Gorkha Rifles and support arms.
So far, training has focused on aspects of joint planning, mutual understanding of the conduct of operations, and identification of the coordination aspects required to jointly operate in a UN-mandated counter-terrorism environment.
Participating contingents were also subjected to combat conditioning and tactical training rhythms that included marksmanship exercises and “combat enhancement” work sessions.
The exercise takes place in two phases which will culminate with a grueling 36 hour exercise to validate the standards achieved in both phases.


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