India conducts Special Forces Training Camp at Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The Indian Armed Forces conducted the annual Joint Special Forces Training Camp on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands from Nov 4 to 22, 2017.

The training camp was conducted under the aegis of Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (HQ IDS) with a view to furthering integration between the Services in the field of Special Operations.

This year’s exercise involved 60 Special Forces personnel from the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The supporting assets included C-17 Globemaster strategic airlifter, C-130 tactical airlifter, An-32 transport aircraft and Dornier maritime patrol aircraft, Sea King and MI-17 V5 helicopters and amphibious ships.

The final tactical exercise was dovetailed into DANX (Defence of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Exercise) exercise of the three Services, which was also conducted at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands at the same time period.

Various Special Operations training events were carried out during the exercise including Special Heliborne Operations, reflex firing drills, survival training and anti-terrorist operations. The highlight of the exercise was the airborne insertion of Marine Commandoes at sea in tandem with Combat Expendable Platform drops with inflatable Gemini craft from C-130 aircraft at night along with Combat Free Fall and Special Heli-borne Operations by the Special Forces personnel.

Indian Ministry of Defence

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