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Joint Military Exercise 'Mithra Shakthi' Between Special Forces Of Indian Army &;amp; Sri Lanka Army to Begin At Uva-Kudaoya

(Press Release)

Elevating existing relations to new heights and marking the start of a new era of neighbourly understanding and close cooperation between both organizations, a contingent of 42 Indian Army Special Force troops, is to launch the training ‘Exercise - Mithra Shakthi’ at Uva-Kudaoya Commando Regiment Training School (CRTS), beginning Monday (3), together with a corresponding Sri Lankan contingent of Special Forces and Commandos, along with Navy and Air Force personnel.

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

The Exercise, meant purely to share 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, saw its implementation on the directions of the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake.

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 all 42 Indian Army Special Force troops, will participate in the Exercise until 23 November 2014.

The modalities for the three-week long Exercise have been closely coordinated through the Directorate of Army Training at the Army Headquarters in consultation with the corresponding authorities.   

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect, was signed between Captain Prakash Gopalan, Defence Adviser, High Commission of India and Brigadier Jayantha Guneratne, Director Training, Sri Lanka Army on Thursday (30) at the Army Headquarters in the presence of Major General Sumedha Perera, Director General General Staff, representing the Commander of the Army. (see photos below)

In the aftermath of 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. (Ends)