Eighth India-Nepal Combined Exercise (Surya Kiran VIII) which commenced on 23 Feb 2015, concluded on 07 Mar 2015 at Salijhandi, Nepal. The exercise was conducted under the aegis of Nepalese Army.
The exercise aimed to create a greater understanding between Indian & Nepalese Army and develop interoperability in Jungle Warfare and Counter Terrorism operations in mountainous terrain. It also focussed on the basics of Disaster Management with special reference to Pandemic/ Epidemic control and aviation aspects. Over the years, the two countries have decided to progressively increase the scope and content of the combined exercise.
The training culminated in a 48 hours consolidation and validation exercise in which troops of both countries carried out a search and destroy mission in the general area of Saljhandi. The final exercise was reviewed by Maj Gen Padamvillas Karki of Nepalese Army and Major General Vinod Prakash Singh Bhakuni of Indian Army.
The closing ceremony was conducted on 07 Mar 2015. While addressing both contingents, Major General Bhakuni said that the goodwill generated during this training will go a long way in further strengthening the military bond between the two Armies and also in understanding each other’s organisational concepts and methodology of conducting Counter Terrorism operations as well as sharing knowledge and experience on the issues of Disaster Management.