Oct 12, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Army contingent for the 'Mithra Shakthi- 2017' Joint Military Exercise, left for India on Wednesday (11th October), Army media unit said.
The local contingent for the two-week long joint military exercise includes 10 officers and 110 other rank personnel of the Sri Lanka Army Sinha Regiment (SLSR).
The joint exercise between India and Sri Lanka to build Military to Military co-operation and interoperability will be conducted at the Aundh Military Camp in Pune from October 13 to 25.
This will be the fifth joint training exercise between the two Armies. Mitra Shakti joint exercise, started in 2012, is held in India and Sri Lanka alternatively. The fourth edition of Mitra Shakti was held at the Regimental Headquarters of the Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR) in Ambepussa last year.
The Sri Lanka Army - Indian Army-organized 'Mithra Shakthi' Exercise is an annual training program, designed to further promote interoperability, conduct of joint tactical operations, military cooperation, sharing of experiences and understanding of transnational military issues. It also aims at developing joint strategies by sharing the expertise of conducting operations, especially in the counter-insurgency and counter terrorism (CI and CT) environment. It will also include weapon training, basic military tactics and complex battle strategies.
The Sri Lankan Army personnel taking part in the Exercise will meet their host counterparts at the Aundh Military Camp in Pune from 12th to 27th of this month. Senior military observers of both countries are scheduled to attend the Final Tactical Exercise at Aundh on 25th October.