Sept 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tri forces will conduct a joint military exercise involving thousands of Sri Lankan military and foreign military beginning this week, the Army announced today.
The 13-day joint field exercise, known as the 'Exercise - Cormorant Strike IV - 2013', is organized by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) with the participation of 2,698 tri-service personnel of Sri Lanka's Armed Forces.
Over 40 foreign military personnel from six countries will also participate in this year's joint military exercise that will be held from 11 -23 September.
The exercises will take place under the Security Force Headquarters - East (SFHQ-E) in Kadiraweli, Wakarai, Thrikonamadu, Thoppigala, Narakamulla and Batticaloa in the Eastern Province.
Military representatives from Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Nepal and Pakistan are participating in this year's Exercise.
The exercise with Army Commando (CR) Regiment and Special Forces (SF) Regiment troops, integrated with Navy and Air Force Special Forces, aims to enhance special operation capabilities and maintain combat readiness at all levels.
According to Sri Lanka Army, the multi-national land force leading this Exercise incorporates a wide range of new security dimensions and highlights the significance of sustaining regional security perspective and other possible peripheral threat issues.
It is held under the approval of the Secretary of the Ministry of Defense Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and under the guidance of the Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake.
The event is organized by Army Directorate of Training under the close supervision of Major General A.W.J Crishantha De Silva, Chief of Staff of the Army.