U.S. and Indian service members at the start of a first-of-its-kind exercise called Tiger Triumph. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Corporal Christian Ayers)
All three Indian military services recently trained alongside the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps for their first tri-service military exercise with the United States.
The exercise, called Tiger Triumph, is part of the ongoing partnership between the U.S. and Indian militaries and is a key component of securing the Indo-Pacific.
“The U.S.-India partnership at sea is critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and advancing maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region,” U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster said of the November 13–21 exercise. “U.S.-India defense partnership is very strong and getting even stronger.”
Military leaders informally refer to the Indo-Pacific region as stretching “from Hollywood to Bollywood.”
Tiger Triumph focused on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and included amphibious operations. The “Triumph” in its name stands for Tri-Services India U.S. Amphibious Exercise.
“Our two nations are united by shared values of democracy, respect for individual rights, and a shared commitment to freedom,” U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said during his 2018 visit to India. These shared values are “a natural starting point for advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
Here’s a look at some of Tiger Triumph’s activities.
U.S. Marines and Indian army forces drive U.S. assault amphibious vehicles aboard the USS Germantown as they prepare for humanitarian assistance disaster relief operations. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Toni Burton)
Service members on the USS Germantown practice moving a combined Indian-U.S. force in U.S. assault amphibious vehicles from ship to shore. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Toni Burton)
Ready to launch
The assault amphibious vehicles leave the ships and head for shore, enabling U.S. and Indian forces to drive on land. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Toni Burton)
Soft landing at sea
An air-cushioned landing craft hits the water during the sea phase of Tiger Triumph. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Toni Burton)
The run to shore
U.S. and Indian service members make their way toward Kakinada Beach, India. Onshore, they conducted a limited patrol and distributed drinking water. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Corporal Christian Ayers)
U.S. Marines and sailors play tug-of-war with children at the Visakhapatnam government home for girls as part of a Tiger Triumph community relations project. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Corporal Armando Elizalde)