Indian Contingent for Exercise ‘Mithra Shakti’ Arrives
An all arms Indian contingent for ‘Mitra Shakti’, headed by Colonel Prakash Kumar, Commanding Officer was welcomed by Brigadier B. N Godellwatta, Deputy Director, Ex-Mithra Shakti, together with Captain Vikas Sood, Defence Attache in the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka at the airport. From October 3 to 17, the India-Sri Lanka bilateral joint Exercise, designed to enhance understanding of transnational terrorism, inter-operability skills, conduct of joint tactical operations, sharing of each other’s best practices and experiences, etc will get underway with Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (VIR) troops at the Combat Training School in Ampara.
Those 120 Indian Army personnel participate in the two-week long Exercise involving tactical level operations at the sub-unit level in an international counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism environment arrived on an Indian Air Force aircraft. The Sri Lanka Army is represented by 120 troops of equal numbers. Under the close supervision of General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Major General Nishantha Manage, General Officer Commanding, 53 Division functions as the Exercise Director with the Deputy Director of the Exercise.
The Indian contingent participating in the Exercise is commanded by Colonel Prakash Kumar of the Indian Army. Colonel Girish Godial, Colonel John Daniel and the Lady Officer Lieutenant Colonel Zulage Meera of the Indian Army as Observers will evaluate the Exercise during the final phase of the training before the Exercise culminates on 17 October 2021.
The annual training programme which has largely contributed to strengthen bilateral military cooperation, understanding and bonds of neighborly relations between both services takes place alternately either in India or Sri Lanka every year.
Adhering to COVID-19 health guidelines, the Exercise would maintain the bio bubble during its conduct.