New Delhi. October. The third India-Sri Lanka Joint Training Exercise “Mitra Shakti-2015” culminated on 12th October, 2015 at Aundh Military Camp, Pune. The 14-day joint training included understanding of transnational terrorism, developing interoperability and conduct of joint tactical operations controlled by a Joint Command Post.
This joint training exercise between the two Armies with the aim to share the best military practices and promoting healthy military to military relations between the two Armies and developing joint strategies by sharing expertise of conducting operations.
The idea is to tap the rich repository of experience of each other and extract maximum learning value from the joint training. Forming part of different levels of the military to military engagement across the entire spectrum of operations, this exercise enriched the two contingents in further honing basic military skills.
The exercise was planned for a duration of 14 days with the basic objective of enhancing confidence and trust between the two militaries, which are often called upon to engage in anti terrorism operations including those under the UN mandate. The conduct of Joint Military Exercise was also an important step to uphold the values of Peace, Prosperity and Stability in the region.
Brigadier Tapan Lal Sah of the Indian Army & Brigadier KP Aruna Jayasekera of Sri Lankan Army jointly reviewed the parade commanded by Major Ashish Kumar, of Indian Army.
Brigadier KP Aruna Jayasekera of the Sri Lankan Army after addressing the parade, declared the joint training closed.
Observers of both the nations which included senior military officials, were unanimous in their praise for the professionally conducted training which has resulted in instilling confidence in each other’s capability to counter the common threat of terror. The exercise demonstrated the determination of the two Armies in working closely with each other to eradicate the menace of terrorism in all its forms.