Exercise Ekuverin

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Exercise Ekuverin

  • Exercise EKUVERIN between India & Maldives is being conducted from 06 to 19 December 2021.
  • It is the 11th edition of the exercise.
  • It is being conducted at Kadhdhoo Island, Maldives .

About Exercise Ekuverin

  • Ekuverin means “Friends” in an Indo-aryan language.
  • It is spoken in India, Lakshadweep and Maldives.
  • The Exercise is being conducted between India and Maldives since 2008.

Ekuverin 2021

  • Exercise is focused on enhancing synergy & interoperability between the armed forces of India and Maldives in terms of understanding transnational terrorism both on land & at sea.
  • It also included counter – insurgency and counter – terrorism operations and sharing best military practices and experiences.
  • Joint exercise in 2021, also conducted sports and cultural activities to enhance the bilateral and defence relations.
  • Besides rigorous training, the joint military excercise will also include cultural and sports activities to enhance defence cooperation and bilateral relations.
  • The exercise will go a long way in strengthening India’s relations with Maldives amidst emerging security dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region.


  • India’s Policy of Indian Ocean is centred around providing security and political stability to Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Sri Lanka. Also, India aims to counter the expanding face of China in the region.
  • India sees itself as a net provider of security in the Indian Ocean Region.
  • India is always the first responder in Human Availability Disaster Recovery Operations.
  • The piracy in the Indian Ocean Region has increased.
  • Ekuverin helps the militaries to understand each other’s drills and procedures.
  • It helps to overcome language barriers.
  • It aids in weapon familiarization which is essential in war or humanitarian aid such as disaster relief.
  • It is also essential in disaster relief operations.

Types of Military Exercises in India

  • Domestic Exercise - Aims at improving internal engagements.
  • Bilateral Exercise - Between militaries of 2 nations
  • Multilateral Exercise - Between militaries of more than 2 nations

Important exercises

  • Exercise Name Participant Nations
  • Sampriti - India & Bangladesh
  • Mitra Shakti - India & Sri Lanka
  • Maitree Exercise - India & Thailand
  • Vajra Prahar - India & US
  • Yudh Abhyas - India & US
  • Nomadic Elephant - India & Mongolia
  • Garuda Shakti - India & Indonesia
  • Shakti Exercise - India & France
  • Dharma Guardian - India & Japan
  • Surya Kiran - India & Nepal
  • Hand in Hand Exercise - India & China
  • SIMBEX - India & Singapore
  • Shakti Exercise - India & France
  • CORPAT - India & Thailand