Pacific armies’ moot in Delhi from Sept 6
NEW DELHI: Military officers from almost 30 countries in the Indian Ocean Region — that falls in the US Pacific Command area of responsibility — are to gather here to take part in the 28th Pacific Armies’ Management Seminar hosted jointly by the Indian Army and the US Pacific Command in Delhi from September 6 to 10.0.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army will also participate in this multinational meeting, which is stated to be one of the largest peacetime international military gatherings. The seminar is a major initiative and is one of several by the US Pacific Command to build bridges with the militaries in its area of responsibility.
Since 2001, the US Pacific Command has also been engaging the Indian Army, navy and the air force in exercises. Highlighting India’s cooperation during the Afghanistan war, the US Charge de Affaires Robert O Blake recently said that the Indian Navy ships Sharda and Sukanya had guarded the Straits of Malacca for the US forces. They escorted the USS Cowpens and other ships and protected them against terrorist attacks on the high seas.
Indian Army Chief General C Vij will inaugurate the seminar. The theme of the meeting is ‘Regional cooperation in a changing security environment’, which envisages complex situations involving multinational militaries.