China, India, US and Russia are among the countries who have confirmed participation at a joint military exercise in Sri Lanka next month.
The Sri Lankan military said that ‘Cormorant Strike IX – 2018′, the joint mega Tri-Service Field Training Exercise (FTX), organized by the Sri Lanka Army for the 9th consecutive year will kick off on 6 September with a record participation of more than 100 foreign military participants and observers, in addition to 2500 Army personnel, 400 Sailors and 200 Airmen.
Major General Niyshshanka Ranawana, Commander of the Security Forces in Kilinochchi said that over the years, this Field Training Exercise has evolved as one of the most consistent and comprehensive training exercises which transfers and shares invaluable military experience and knowledge in a multinational milieu for the benefit of future military aspirants in the next generation and the foreign military participants.
The exercise will continue until 26 September 2018 covering the Eastern, Central, Western and North Central Provinces and provide a catalyst to build the capacity of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) of the Army.
This year’s Exercise portrays a counter-insurgency scenario with the influence of asymmetrical warfare which has turned out to be the common approach among most non-state actors, extremist groups and appears to be the most likely national and international security threat in the 21st century.
Foreign military participants and observers from Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, France, Japan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, Sudan, Turkey, UK, USA and Zambia have so far confirmed their participation. (Colombo Gazette)