7th edition of Exercise Sangam:
The 7th edition of Exercise Sangam, a joint Naval Special Forces exercise between Indian Navy MARCOs and US Navy SEALs commenced in Goa. The present edition which will see personnel from SEAL Team Five based at San Diego, US and Indian Navy MARCOs from INS Abhimanyu together aims at exchange of ideas and experiences on various aspects of maritime special operations. The exercise is planned for a duration of three weeks wherein personnel will exercise and hone their skills in maritime interdiction operations, direct action missions, combat free fall jumps, special heliborne operations and various other evolutions.
About the Exercise Sangam:
- Exercise Sangam was first conducted in 1994 and is an important military and diplomatic initiative between the two nations, reflective of the trust and friendship between them. It aims to exchange ideas and experiences on various aspects of Maritime Special Operations.
- A joint exercise among US SEALs, Indian Navy MARCOs and other participating nations’ Naval Special Forces is held annually as part of Exercise Malabar. The Sangam exercise is a bilateral exercise purely between the US and Indian Special Forces.
- The exercise will be for a duration of three weeks, in which the personnel will be trained in Maritime Interdiction Operations, Direct Action Missions, Combat Free Fall Jumps, Special Heliborne Operations and other skill drills.