Exercise Cormorant Strike VIII enters 'Critical Engagement' phase
President addresses troops involved in 'Exercise Cormorant Strike'
State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene
graced the 'Critical Engagement' phase of the ongoing 'Cormorant Strike
Exercise' carried out at Kuchchaveli in Trincomalee this morning (14th
Thursday, September). Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Kapila
Waidyaratne PC was also present to witness the proceedings.
Addressing the troops through a video link, President
Maithripala Sirisena conveyed his good wishes to the troops involved in
the Exercise. Appreciating the dedication, courage, heroism, efficiency
and discipline of the armed forces, he said that the country's security
forces have come under wide recognition. He noted the importance of such
military exercises in providing training and experience to the armed
forces. The President also expressed his gratitude to all, including the
foreign participants for the successful completion of the Exercise.
During the mock operations, a simulated multi-pronged
joint amphibious attack on enemy hideouts was carried out. The Exercise
is conducted with the aim of enhancing the preparation, operational
readiness and efficiency of Special Operational Forces.
Mock operations carried out this morning at
Kuchchaveli saw the combined involvement of Navy craft including
mechanized landing craft, IPCs and gun boats and Helicopters and AN 32s
of the Air Force, with ground troops.
Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne,
Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of
the Navy Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah, Commander of the Air Force Air
Marshal Kapila Jayampathy, members of the diplomatic corps, state
officials and senior police and tri forces officers were also present at
The joint tri-service Field Training Exercise (FTX),
'Exercise - Cormorant Strike VIII - 2017' is organized by the Sri Lanka
Army for the 8th consecutive time this year. A combined strength of 2675
tri forces personnel and 69 foreign military participants and observers
from 13 countries are taking part at this year's maneuvers. The
Exercise Operations got off the ground on 03rd (September) from the
Operational Headquarters in Minneriya and was carried out based in the
Eastern region of the country.