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Indian Army to skydive into Turkmenistan’s 30th Independence Day

Currently, a group of 16 special forces personnel from India and Turkmenistan are undergoing training for the first phase of skydiving at Bakloh-based Special Forces Training School (SFTS) in Himachal Pradesh, sources in the Indian Army told Asianet Newsable. 

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New Delhi, First Published Feb 20, 2021, 5:56 PM IST
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New Delhi: A team of the Indian Army’s special forces will be visiting Ashgabat in August to participate in Turkmenistan’s 30th years of independence celebrations to be held on September 27.

Currently, a group of 16 special forces personnel from India and Turkmenistan are undergoing training for the first phase of skydiving at Bakloh-based Special Forces Training School (SFTS) in Himachal Pradesh, sources in the Indian Army told Asianet Newsable. 

The first phase of training would culminate on March 27. 

In August this year, the personnel will go for the second phase of training so that they can develop a strong winning attitude for carrying out special operations in the entire spectrum of contemporary warfare. 

Turkmenistan, the southernmost state in Central Asia and the second largest, declared its Independence Day on October 27 in 1991 after the disintegration of the USSR.

But in the review of public holidays in the country in 2017, it was announced that Independence Day would move from October 27 to September 27. Since then it is celebrated on September 27 every year. 

With a world-class infrastructure at SFTS training Special Forces of Friendly Foreign Countries, the soldiers are trained to increase their physical performance and emotional well-being, prevent injuries, and improve mental skills necessary to perform optimally in training and combat operations. 

“India has a very wide array of interests in Central Asia covering security, energy, economic opportunities. Central Asia serves as a land bridge between Asia and Europe, making it geopolitically axial for India,” an expert said.

“Security, stability and prosperity of Central Asia is imperative for peace and economic development of India,” he said.

The Indian Army conducts joint Special Forces exercises and training with the special forces of countries such as the United Kingdom, Seychelles, United States, Sri Lanka, Russia, France, Bangladesh and Thailand at SFTS Nahan in Himachal Pradesh.

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