Indo-Sri Lanka joint military exercise Mitra Shakti 2016 concludes
The Indo-Sri Lankan military exercise Mitra Shakti 2016 culminated on November 6, 2016, after 14 days of intense military training. The exercise concluded with an impressive closing ceremony held at Sinha Regimental Centre, Ambepussa.
A platoon each from an infantry battalion of the Rajputana Rifles Regiment, Indian Army, and Sinha Regiment, Sri Lankan Army participated in the fourth edition of this bilateral exercise. The joint exercise was conducted from Octo- ber 24 to November 6, 2016, and focused on enhancing interoperability while carrying out counter-insurgency (CI) and counter-terrorism (CT) operations under a UN mandate.
The exercise also provided an opportunity to both the armies for greater cultural understanding, sharing experiences and strengthening mutual trust and cooperation. The participating contingents expressed immense satisfaction at the standards achieved during the validation phase of the exercise. The contingents of both armies carry home, cherished memories of bonhomie and the professional association established.