Cooperation between Indian Army and Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) go back a number of years, with participation of Indian troops in the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) during 1992-93. In December 2007, an Agreement on Defence Cooperation was signed during the visit of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to India. This Agreement forms the basic framework to broaden as well as deepen the existing bilateral defence ties through training, material assistance, organization of seminars and exchange of visits.
India was one of the original contributors to UN de-mining operations in Cambodia, where the scourge of anti-personnel landmines (APLs) has devastated much of the countryside. The Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers, as part of UNTAC, contributed significantly to evolving a de-mining doctrine relevant to local conditions. Indian officers established a de-mining school, to train local volunteers, with the objective of putting in place a long-term solution to the menace of APLs.
India has been involved in conducting demining training capsules in Cambodia since 2007 for Royal Cambodian Armed Forces in Peacekeeping and Demining modules. Last such training was carried out from 21 September 2015 to 04 October 2015.
Members of the Cambodian defence forces also continued to receive training in Indian defence establishments under ITEC scholarship.
A delegation from the National Defence College (NDC) visited Cambodia from 17-23 May 2015 on study tour. The NDC delegation consisted of three civil service officers, nine army/air force/navy officers from India and one army officer each from Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Nigeria. The delegation met Generals at Ministry of National Defense, Secretary of State in Ministry of Interior, Deputy Governor, Siem Reap, Commander of First Area Operational Command at Preah Vihear and other senior civil/military dignitaries.
INS ‘Ranvir’, a guided missile destroyer and INS ‘Kamorta’, an anti-submarine corvette visited Sihanoukville Port, Cambodia on a five-day goodwill visit from 23-27 June 2015 which included joint training exercises with the Royal Cambodian Navy and a medical camp for local communities. An Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Samrat’ paid a goodwill visit to Sihanoukville Port, Cambodia from 07-10 November 2015 and also, conducted exercises with the Royal Cambodian Navy.
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