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First India-U.S. tri-services exercise likely to take place in 2019

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New Delhi. The first India-U.S. tri-services exercise is likely to take place in 2019, and talks are on to include the special forces of the two countries in the drill, a senior U.S. defence official has said.

The three forces of each country already take part in bilateral exercises separately — their Armies participate in an annual drill called Yudh Abyaas, whose latest edition took place in September, and the Air Forces take part in a bilateral drill called Cope India.

The Navies participate in an exercise in Malabar, involving Japan.

But this will be the first time, the three services of India and the U.S. will participate in a drill together.

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