Sri Lanka and China began a joint army exercise today which includes weapon handling, VVIP protection study, live firing, body protection formation and ambush drills.
The first phase of the 2nd joint Sri Lanka Army – People’s Liberation Army ‘Exercise – Silk Route – 2015’ commenced at the Officer Career Development Centre (OCDC) at Buttala after a brief inaugural ceremony, headed by Major General Jagath Dias, Chief of Staff as the Chief Guest.
‘Exercise – Silk Route – 2015,’ organized by Directorate of Training at the Army Headquarters under three phases focuses largely on weapon handling, VVIP protection study, live firing, lane firing, sniper firing, body protection drills, backup vehicle movement and training, body protection formation, ambush drills, reconnaissance techniques, skill firing, special mission planning, combat tracking techniques, situation training exercise, jungle warfare and basic battle skills, vehicle ambush drills, aircraft and building option training, etc.
The first stage of the ‘Exercise – Silk Route – 2015’ was conducted in China earlier this year between March 29 and April 17 with the participation of 42 Commandos and Special Force soldiers from Sri Lanka, following successful negotiations that got underway between both Sri Lankan and Chinese Armies.
The Chinese group, led by Lieutenant Colonel Qi Qiang of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), is comprised of 43 Army personnel of the PLA and a similar number from the Sri Lanka Army’s Commando Regiment and Special Forces is engaged in the Exercise. The closing ceremony of the ‘Exercise – Silk Route – 2015’ is to take place on July 13 at the Special Force Training School.
Major General B.A Perera, Director General General Staff, Major General Mano Perera, Commander, Army Training Command and several senior officers were also present. (Colombo Gazette)