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* Sri Lanka armed forces joint field exercise to commence on September 2
Sun, Aug 31, 2014, 10:41 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 31, Colombo: The three-week long joint military exercise involving thousands of Sri Lankan armed forces personnel and representatives from foreign countries will commence on Tuesday (September 2) for the fifth consecutive year, the Army said.

The joint field exercise, known as the 'Exercise - Cormorant Strike V - 2014', is organized by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) with the participation of about 2500 tri-service personnel of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

According to the Army, the mock Field Training Exercise (FTX) is conducted in an amphibious setting with emphasis on specialized ground operations and is executed in stages.

The 21-day event will begin on September 2 and will continue until September 23 in Mannar, Wanni, Matale and several other locations in the East.

According to the Army, the Exercise covering a vast patch of island's jungle areas will include simultaneous mock seaborne and airborne operations and at its final stages expects to join with Army troops for direct onslaughts against enemy strongholds.

Already six countries have confirmed their participation in the mock exercise either as participants or observers, the Army said.

Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, Commander of the Army says that the Sri Lanka Army, having defeated the world's most ruthless terrorist outfit, should sustain the status quo in relation to national security concerns and be always well-geared to take on any future challenge against the country or its people as the most prominent defender of the nation.

The Exercise 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.

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