The Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) conducted a three-day joint services exercise code named ‘Bull Strike’ at the remotely located Teressa island. The drill began on Tuesday and ended Thursday.
The three service components of the ANC, elements of the Indian Army’s Parachute Brigade, MARCOS (Marine Commando Force) and Special Forces. The aim of the exercise was of building synergy among the three services.
PTI reported an official as saying, “The major training activities comprised combat-free fall and para drop from strategic lift aircraft C-130 by a company of Para Commandos from the mainland, action by MARCOS of Indian Navy and Special Heli Borne Operations (SHBO) by Indian Army Ghatak platoons.”
The report further added, “As part of the exercise, troops of the Army, Navy and Air Force of the ANC were mobilised for amphibious landing, in close coordination with the para drop (parachute drop) of Special Forces, the officials said.”
The troops carried out ground based manoeuvres, tactics and procedures for joint operations in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Search and Rescue (SAR) and medical evacuation procedures were also practiced.
Lt Gen. Manoj Pande, Commander-in-Chief of the ANC witnessed the exercise on the final day and addressed troops on the final day of the exercise.