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* Sri Lanka, India joint military exercise to begin today
Mon, Nov 3, 2014, 11:45 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka and India military forces will commence a joint military exercise aimed at sharing knowledge and experience between Special Operation Forces of both Sri Lanka and Indian Armies today.

A contingent of Indian Army Special Force troops together with a corresponding Sri Lankan contingent of Special Forces and Commandos, along with Navy and Air Force personnel will launch the training Exercise - Mithra Shakthi' at Uva-Kudaoya Commando Regiment Training School (CRTS) Monday (November 03).

A contingent of 168 officers and other ranks from Sri Lanka Army Special Forces and Commando Regiment, accompanied by 16 officers and other ranks from Sri Lanka Navy and 16 officers and other ranks from Sri Lanka Air Force, together with 42 Indian Army Special Force troops, will participate in the Exercise until 23 November 2014.

The 'Exercise - Mithra Shakthi' is an initiative, designed largely by the Indian Army following the 'Annual Defence Dialogue' (ADD) that was co-chaired in Colombo early October by both Indian Defence Secretary R.K Mathur, and Secretary to Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

Implemented under the directions of the Sri Lankan Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, the exercise is aimed at sharing knowledge and experience between Special Operation Forces of both Sri Lanka and Indian Armies through enhancement of interoperability, joint efforts and mutual exchange of Special Operation tactics.

Following the ADD held in January 2012, a Sri Lankan contingent of 48 service personnel took part in a similar Exercise in New Delhi, India at the invitation of the Indian Army.

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