Sept 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka army on Wednesday commenced the massive joint field exercise "Exercise - Cormorant Strike IV - 2013" in the Eastern Province with the participation of over 2,600 military personnel of the three forces and 40 foreign military participants and observers.
Separate Sri Lanka Navy and Air Force contingents with more than 25 fast attack craft and 25 pilots, in addition to their ground forces, join Commandos and Special Forces of the Army in the mock exercise, Director of the mock exercise Brigadier Piyal Wickramaratne told media.
The 15-day training operations organized by the Sri Lanka Army for the fourth consecutive year will see participation of 2,698 tri-service personnel, together with 40 foreign military participants and observers from Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Pakistan and Nepal.
The mega exercise is organized by Directorate of Army Training under the close supervision of Major General A.W.J Crishantha De Silva, Chief of Staff of the Army.
The mock Field Training Exercise (FTX) in collaborations with Sri Lanka Navy and Air Force was designed for deployment of their troops in a war milieu of Special Operations and planned for conduct of joint operations as one team, Brigadier Wickramaratne said.
According to the Director, the exercise aims to enhance special operation capabilities and maintain combat readiness at all levels.
It also focuses on planning, preparations, formulations, coordination, command, control, tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP), execution of Special Operations within given frameworks.
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, according to Brigadier Wickramaratne.