Cormorant Strike XI - 2021 11th Edition commences in Minneriya | Daily News

Cormorant Strike XI - 2021 11th Edition commences in Minneriya

During the inauguration.
During the inauguration.

The 11th joint Tri-Service Mega Field Training Exercise (FTX) ‘Exercise - Cormorant Strike XI - 2021’, one more notable annual project by the Army with the participation of foreign military

representatives set out on Friday morning at the Minneriya Operational Headquarters at the Infantry Training Centre, Minneriya.

Exercise Director Major General Harendra Ranasinghe, Commander, Reserve Strike Corps briefed the event together with Deputy Ex-Director Major General Anil Samarasiri, General Officer Commanding, 65 Division and other stakeholders before the commencement of the exercise.

The Exercise Cormorant Strike is the premier Field Training Exercise (FTX) of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.

The 11th Edition has been exclusively designed for the Special Operations Forces (SOF) in a joint setting to build synergy with other Arms and Sister Services. Representatives from foreign countries including India, Nepal, the Maldives, Pakistan and Bangladesh are participating in the event as players and observers.

The Exercise encompasses joint preparation, planning to conduct special operations for command, staff management, headquarter, and unit operations to work together along with sister services.

The Field Training Exercise (FTX) setting has been developed under the guidance of General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff, Commander of the Army and Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) after extensive consultations and discussions.

Operational plans are closely executed under Exercise

Director Major General Harendra Ranasinghe, Commander, Reserve Strike Corps and a Special Committee of battle-hardened veterans.

The Exercise is held in Mannar, Wilpattu, Arippu, Thunukkai, Vavunikulam, Nedunkerni, Chundikulam, Nayaru, Thiriyaya, Nilaveli, Thoppur, Ilankanthai, Vakarai, Thonithattumadu, Narakamulla, Kanchikudichchiaru, Chenkalady, Dambulla, Moragahakanda, Meemure, Colombo and Dikowita until September 25 before the closing ceremony on September 26.

The FTX is conducted adhering to health protocols and guidelines under the “Bio Bubble Concept” attracting new partners, such as the Armoured Brigade, Mechanised Infantry Brigade, Airmobile Brigade, 583 Infantry Brigade and Regimental Special Forces of the Air Force (RSF) for the first time.

The FTX has been designed in a fictitious scenario that resembles the emergence of non-state actors who challenge the territorial integrity of a country governed by a democratically elected government. As per the conceptual implementation, the historical growth of mistrust between different ethnicities leads to the emergence of non-State actors, and finally turns into different forms of insurgency and the hypothetical setting at last develops to be an open offensive phase where insurgents partially govern their own controlled areas while resorting to terrorist acts with the use of asymmetric warfare techniques to undermine the government authority.

This situation demands the use of military forces to neutralise the terrorists to preserve the territorial integrity.

Over the years, the FTX has evolved as a consistent training exercise, which exchanges invaluable military knowledge and experiences in a multinational context for the future generations, which is considered as an endeavour to practise the application of Special Operations Forces in dynamic battlefield environments.

The outcome of the Exercise will produce a competent Special Operations Forces soldier who can perform and make decisions in a strategic context and develop a conceptual framework for the SOF. Moreover, it envisages keeping the SOF Units in their highest level of combat readiness to face prevailing and perceive threats and security challenges.

About 2,846 participants, including foreign troops as observers or contributors, take part in the ‘Exercise - Cormorant Strike XI- 2021’.

The inauguration at the Infantry Training Centre, Minneriya was held virtually, for which the Director General General Staff, Director Training, Director Operations, Special Forces Brigade Troops, Commando Brigade Troops, Navy and Air Force Troops participated.

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