India-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise Culminates Enhancing Diplomatic Ties and Operational Cooperation
The recent joint military exercise between India and Sri Lanka reached its conclusion at the Southern Command Foreign Training Node in Pune. These joint army drills play a pivotal role in fostering military diplomacy between nations globally. They serve as a cornerstone for cultivating rapport, confidence, and trust within the armies, crucial elements for potential collaborative military operations such as UN peacekeeping missions.
During the closing ceremony, Brigadier S Taluja from the Aundh Military Station and Major General PGPS Rathnayaka RWP, RSP, NDC, representing the Sri Lankan Army, commended the participating contingents for their impeccable drills and procedures. The enthusiasm and professionalism displayed by both nations’ contingents throughout the joint exercises were highly noted.
The bonds forged between the contingents during this exercise are expected to significantly bolster confidence between the armies, especially if deployed together for future operations, as highlighted in an official release. Upholding values of peace, prosperity, international brotherhood, and trust remains a central tenet of such joint military engagements, aligning with the vision for security and growth across the region.
With 120 personnel from India, predominantly from the Maratha Light Infantry regiment, and representation from the Sri Lankan 53 Infantry Division, the exercise witnessed participation from 15 personnel from the Indian Air Force and five from the Sri Lankan Air Force, as per the Ministry of Defence (MoD) release.
The exercise focused on jointly rehearsing subconventional operations under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, encompassing coordinated responses during counter-terrorist operations. Tactical maneuvers including raids, search and destroy missions, heliborne operations, and specialized training such as Army Martial Arts Routine (AMAR), combat reflex shooting, and yoga were integral parts of the exercise curriculum.