Indo-French Joint Army Exercise “Shakti 2018”
Mailly Le Camp (France)
At the invitation of the French Chief of Army Staff, General Jean-Pierre Bosser, India deployed 45 personnel specialising in mountain combat from the 8th Gorkha Rifles in France from 20th January to 4th February. They participated in Exercise Shakti 2018 with the 5th Company of the 2nd Infantry Marine Regiment of the French Army at the combat training centre of Mailly-le-Camp, Aube, in eastern France. This major military exercise follows up on the 2016 edition, which was held in India. It helps maintain a high level of operational cooperation between the two armies and work on common operation procedures, which are useful, for instance, in missions conducted under UN mandates.