In a first, Army, Navy, IAF Special Forces deployed jointly in Kashmir valley
The services have been deployed for combined counter-terrorism operations
New Delhi: In a major step towards enhancing jointness among the three services, the special forces of the Army, Navy and Air Force have been deployed in the Kashmir valley to carry out combined counter-terrorist operations.
The three special forces, namely, the Army's Para (Special Forces), Navy's Marine Commandos (MARCOS) and Indian Air Force's Garud Special Forces are being deployed in the Kashmir valley under the Defence Ministry's newly raised Armed Forces Special Operations Division (AFSOD), senior Defence sources said.
The induction of the joint special troops of the three forces has already started as the Army Para (SF) elements have already been inducted into an area considered to be a traditional terror hotbed near Srinagar, they said.
The elements of the MARCOS and the Garuds would also be fully inducted into the anti-terrorist operations very soon, they said. Although small teams of Navy's MARCOS and IAF's Garuds have been operating in the Kashmir valley, this is the first time the three services will be deployed jointly there.
The aim of joint Special Forces deployment in the Kashmir valley is to give the troops exposure of operating jointly in real operations. The AFSPD has already carried out two exercises in different locations practising assault on strategic enemy positions and taking back captured areas.
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