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Diyakawa final exercise tomorrow

Army personnel participate in a mock operation.

The Cormorant Exercise-2018 (Diyakaawa) by the Army will conclude with the ‘Critical Engagement’ on September 26 at Kuchcahveli in Trincomalee.

Major General Nyshshanka Ranawana said the exercise has been held from September 6 and will continue till September 26 for the 9th consecutive year.

Two thousands five hundred Army personnel, 400 Navy troops and 200 Air Force personnel and foreign military personnel will participate in the final exercise.

Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sudan, Turkey and Zambia troops will participate.

Major General Ranawana said the exercise will improve battle skills of the Special Operation Forces (SOFs).

The exercise will help share knowledge and experience of the forces of several countries and improve the status of the Mechanized Infantry and sister services.

The field training in this year led by Army Commander Lt. General Mahesh Senanayake covers the Eastern, Central, Western and North Central Provinces and build the capacity of the SOFs and formulate a conceptual framework for them.

The exercise commenced at the Mock Operational Head Quarters at Minneriya on September 6 with a brief ceremony.

Kilinochchi Security Forces Commander Major General Nyshshanka Ranawana leads the forces in the Exercise as its Exercise Director.

Brigadier Krishantha Gunaratne and Colonel Vipula Ihalage have been serving as Deputy Directors.