Ms Rupal Kalebere

In a testament to the enduring friendship between nations, the Indian Army contingent has set sail for Seychelles to participate in the Tenth edition of the Joint Military Exercise “LAMITIYE – 2024.” This biennial training event, aptly named after the Creole word for “Friendship,” has been a cornerstone of the military collaboration between India and Seychelles since its inception in 2001.

Indian Army Contingent departing for LAMITIYA 2024. Photo Courtesy: Press Information Bureau

Comprising 45 personnel each from the prestigious GORKHA RIFLES of the Indian Army and the Seychelles Defence Forces (SDF), this exercise aims to bolster interoperability in Sub-conventional Operations within a Semi-Urban environment. Rooted in the principles of Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter on Peacekeeping Operations, “LAMITIYE – 2024” seeks to enhance cooperation and coordination between both sides during peacekeeping missions.

Over the course of the ten-day exercise, troops from India and Seychelles will engage in a series of meticulously planned tactical drills designed to neutralize potential threats encountered in semi-urban settings. By leveraging state-of-the-art equipment and technology, the exercise will not only enhance operational capabilities but also serve as a platform for the exchange of skills, experiences, and best practices between the two armies.

From field training exercises to combat discussions, lectures, and demonstrations, “LAMITIYE – 2024” promises to be a comprehensive learning experience for all participants. The culmination of the exercise will see the validation of skills acquired, with a two-day validation exercise showcasing the joint efforts and achievements of both contingents.

Beyond its immediate objectives, the exercise holds broader significance in fostering mutual understanding, jointness, and collaborative partnerships between the Indian Army and the Seychelles Defence Forces. By deepening military relations and promoting bilateral cooperation, “LAMITIYE – 2024” underscores the shared commitment of both nations towards regional stability and security.

As the Indian Army embarks on this journey of camaraderie and cooperation, the bonds forged during “LAMITIYE – 2024” will undoubtedly serve as a solid foundation for future endeavors, ensuring that the spirit of friendship between India and Seychelles continues to thrive in the years to come.

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