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State Minister and Secretary briefed on the ongoing 'Exercise Cormorant Strike VIII'

State Minister and Secretary briefed on the ongoing 'Exercise Cormorant Strike VIII'

[September 12 2017]

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 occasion.

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 Airport.

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.

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