Indian Army Chief witnesses “Mitra Shakti” finale

The visiting Indian Army Chief of Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane attended the final exercise of the Indo-Sri Lanka Army Joint “Mitra Shakti” military exercise at the Maduru Oya Military Training School together with the Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander General Shavendra Silva yesterday.

The two-week allied exercise was attended by 120 Indian troops and 120 Sri Lankan troops.

Speaking at the event, Army Commander General Shavendra Silva said that this is the biggest joint military exercise between the Indian and Sri Lankan military that was held at Maduru Oya.

The annual India-Sri Lanka bilateral joint exercise is designed to enhance understanding of transnational terrorism, inter-operability skills, conduct of joint tactical operations, sharing of each other’s best practices and experiences.All military units of both armies participated in this military exercise.

Army Commander General Shavendra Silva said that the purpose of such exercises is to share the knowledge, skills and experiences between the armies of the two neighbouring countries.

“Both the Indian and Sri Lankan armies are talented and experienced and in holding such exercises we aim to share the knowledge and skills of both armies in order to gain further knowledge and hone their skills.

The Sri Lankan Army troops were represented by all arms and also the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRNE) wing which performed a very vital piece of work during the height of COVID-19 epidemic. This is a special occasion since the Exercise was witnessed by the Indian Army Chief who also attended the Gajaba Regiment Regimental Day.”

He noted that such exercises also create close friendships and connections between the armies of the two countries further fortifying the friendship between India and Sri Lanka.

Speaking to the media present on the occasion General Manoj Mukund Naravane said that he believed the existing friendly ties between both armies were further strengthened as a result of this joint Exercise as the armies in both countries continue to closely liaise with each other.“Mitra Shakti” means strength and friendship and this Exercise further deepened those ties, and I sincerely believe to have more such programmes organized in future too in order to share our experiences and military knowledge,” he added.The visiting Indian Army Chief of Staff will conclude his tour of Sri Lanka and return to India today (16).

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