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India and US strengthen military ties with 'Tiger Triumph' drill

Maiden exercise comes as China seeks to widen influence in Indo-Pacific

Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown man the rails as the ship pulls into Visakhapatnam, India, as part of the Tiger Triumph exercise in the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy) 

NEW DELHI -- India and the U.S. are holding a major nine-day joint military drill, which analysts view as crucial to protecting the two countries' shared interests in the strategic Indo-Pacific region -- an area where China is becoming increasingly assertive.

The maiden "Tiger Triumph" exercise involves all three Indian military branches -- the army, navy and air force -- working with the U.S. Navy. The drill is focused on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and developing cooperation between the forces.

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