State Minister and Secretary briefed on the ongoing 'Exercise
Cormorant Strike VIII'
State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene was
briefed on the progress of the 'Exercise - Cormorant Strike VIII',
currently being conducted in the Eastern region during a live video
conference at the Ministry auditorium today (12th Tuesday). Secretary to
the Ministry of Defence Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne PC was also present at
The State Minister and Secretary were explained on the
proceeding and involvement of troops in mock attacks and operations
being carried out as a part of the Exercise by the Exercise Director,
Major General Aruna Jayasekara. During the briefing the State Minister
and Secretary discussed on the operational aspects of the Exercise and
inquired into the welfare of the men involved from the Army Commander.
They also conveyed their good wished to the officers and men involved
for the successful completion of the Exercise.
Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne
and Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake were also
among those present at the briefing.
'Exercise - Cormorant Strike', the multi-national
Field Training Exercise (FTX) organized by the Sri Lanka Army is being
carried out for the eight consecutive year with the participation of
2108 Army, 370 Naval and 197 Air Force personnel.
The Special Forces, Commando and Mechanized infantry
Regiments of the Army, Special Boat Squadron and Marines of the Navy and
Air Force Special Forces personnel are involved in the Exercise. This
year the Exercise will see some new additions including cyber security
aspects being introduced into the proceedings. A hostage rescue
operation exercise is also planned to be conducted based at the Mattala
The Exercise commenced at the Infantry Training Centre
(ITC) in Minneriya on 03rd September. 69 foreign participants from
Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia,
China, Russia, USA, Brazil, Sudan, Iraq, Israel, Oman, Turkey, Iran and
Kenya are also taking part in the Exercise.