Army's Harimau Shakti exercise concludes in Malaysia

Mubarak Ansari
Friday, 11 May 2018

Pune: Important India and Malaysia exercise Harimau Shakti culminated with an attack executed over the target area after deep planning in the last few days of the exercise. The second phase of the exercise gained momentum with both Army units getting together in gathering intelligence on the enemy and then planning and executing the final assault. A unit from the Southern Command participated from Indian side.

Pune: Important India and Malaysia exercise Harimau Shakti culminated with an attack executed over the target area after deep planning in the last few days of the exercise. The second phase of the exercise gained momentum with both Army units getting together in gathering intelligence on the enemy and then planning and executing the final assault. A unit from the Southern Command participated from Indian side.

Exercise Harimau Shakti 2018 between Indian and Malaysian Armies concluded with a solemn Closing Ceremony at the tropical rainforests of Hulu Langat on Friday. The grand finale of the Exercise was a tactical operation on conduct of attack on enemy camp. The information collected over the past five days through various operations had resulted in the contingents identifying the movement, routes and activities of Malaysian Revolutionary Army and develop a coherent intelligence picture. The joint command post established by the two contingents went on overdrive in collating and synthesising the available information and disseminating the orders to sub units.

Preparations for the final attack began on 10th May by relocating the temporary bases as per operational requirements. To confirm the presence of enemy and gain actionable intelligence on the layout of the target, a close target reconnaissance was undertaken by the sub unit commanders. This was an extremely sensitive operation and involved closing in on enemy camp while maintaining utmost stealth and secrecy. The field craft, and battle craft drills practiced during the cross training phase were put to great use and the contingents were able to achieve their aim while maintaining surprise.

Having collected the necessary information, the command elements went about planning the operations to the last detail and all aspects requiring coordination were tied up. Detailed briefing for the operation was carried out by the exercise company commander to various party commanders who in turn briefed the troops in detail. The entire planning process was a true reflection of the joint operational capabilities that the contingents have achieved in a short span of time.

The troops moved in to their locations at night under respective party commanders and deployed themselves at their locations with no loss of surprise. The final blow on enemy was swift, well-coordinated and violent to ensure that the target was decimated in no time. 

On arrival, Brigadier General Abdul Malik Bin Jiran, Commander 12 Infantry Brigade, was given a review of the tactical situation by the Indian Contingent Commander. The final attack on the enemy target was witnessed by Brigadier General Abdul Malik Bin Jiran, Colonel Anirudh Chauhan, DA Malaysia and Colonel Aman Anand, PRO Army.

Closing Ceremony of the exercise marked the successful conclusion of Exercise Harimau Shakti 2018. The event began with customary salute to Brigadier General Abdul Malik Bin Jiran, Commander 12 Infantry Brigade, followed by national anthem of both the nations. Exercise arm bands were taken off from the exercise appointments and the Regimental flag of GRENADIERS was handed back to Col SN Karthikeyan, CO 4 GRENADIERS by Lt Col Irwan Bin Ibrahim, CO 1 Royal Ranger Regiment symbolising the handing over of the troops back to the Indian Contingent Commander at the end of the Exercise Harimau Shakti Serial II 2018.

In his closing address the commander complimented the troops from both the contingents for their exemplary conduct, high morale and tactical acumen throughout the Exercise. He also remarked that the Contingents would have learned by sharing their knowledge and experiences. He also complimented the Indian contingent for assimilating and understanding the nuances of jungle operations as per Malaysian doctrine and fighting shoulder to shoulder with their Malaysian counterparts.

The ceremony came to a close with the war cries of both the contingent and customary recital of prayers by the Malaysian Army. 

Mridul Kumar, Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia also visited the Exercise contingents at the Exercise area and complimented the troops on successful completion of the joint training exercise. He was highly appreciative of the high spirits and exemplary drills shown by the Contingents under challenging conditions and inclement weather. The rain gods poured but could not dampen the spirit of the brave soldiers from India and Malaysia.

"The professional acumen, operational abilities, battle drills and physical endurance displayed by the contingents over the last fortnight were of extremely high std and was an apt reflection of the level of interoperability achieved during the Exercise. The contingents from Indian and Malaysian Armies have been able to share their experiences in counter insurgency operations and learn from each other. The future editions of Exercise Harimau Shakti will surely take this legacy forward and will ensure that the two nations continue to maintain close defence ties in ensuring peace and security in the region", said Col Aman Anand, spokesperson Indian Army from Hulu Langat,about 40 km from Wardieburn Army Camp near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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