India, Sri Lanka concludes joint training, Exercise Mitra Shakti 2017

The Indian Army and the Sri Lanka Army have concluded the fifth joint training, Exercise Mitra Shakti 2017, on Oct. 26 at Aundh Military Station in Pune, India.

The exercise had begun on Oct. 13 and involved an Infantry company from both the Armies. The two week long exercise is focused on enhancing the inter-operability between the countries while carrying out counter-terrorism (CT) operations.

Indian Army’s Brigadier Alok Chandra, VSM and Sri Lanka Army’s Brigadier Ajith Pallawela, RWP, RSP, were the military observers for the exercise.

The opening ceremony included military parade and skill displays by both sides, and a flypast by two Indian Army Aviation Cheetah helicopters carrying national flags of both countries.

The statement released from Indian Ministry of Defence earlier stated that the India – Sri Lanka joint training exercise Mitra Shakti 2017 in its fifth edition will send a strong signal to the world that both the countries understand the emerging threat of terrorism and stand shoulder to shoulder in countering this menace.

It added that the exercise will involve sharing and learning from each others experiences.

The Mitra Shakti exercises between India and Sri Lanka had started in 2012, mainly in response to increasing Chinese influence in the region.

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