To strengthen the military ties between the two countries, troops of Indian and Oman armies commenced their 14-day joint exercise “Al-Nagah-II 2017” in Bakloh belt of Himachal Pradesh.
Bakloh and Balun, is a cantonment hill station, situated at 4584 feet above sea level, in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is also a sliver of territory to connect the two cantonments, was acquired in 1866 from the Raja of Chamba for a sum of rupees 5000. Bakloh was meant for a ‘Goorkha Cantonment’ for the 4th Goorkha Regiment, raised at Pithoragarh, (Uttar Pradesh), in 1857.
“Indo-Oman joint army exercise will conclude on 19 March in the Dhauladhar Ranges at Bakloh .The training contingents comprised of platoon strength troops from both armies, PRO Defence Lt Col Manish Mehta said adding that senior military observers from both countries will witness the validation phase of the exercise.
The first edition of the exercise was held at Muscat, Oman in 2015, Mehta said. The PRO said the aim is to acquaint both forces with each other’s operating procedures in the backdrop of counter insurgency, counter terrorism environment and also to enhance the existing military relationship between India and Oman.
The exercise will also enhance the interoperability between the two armed forces in conducting joint operations and cement the bonds of friendship between the two countries, he said.
The vast experience and expertise gained by the Indian troops in counter insurgency operations holds special importance to the Oman Army. Conduct of the joint exercise would therefore set the stage for greater defence cooperation between the two nations.