NEW DELHI: In continuation of the series of joint exercises between India and Sri Lanka to build military to military co-operation and interoperability, ‘Mitra Shakti 2015’ will commence at Pune from September 29, said a Defence Ministry official.
The Sri Lankan contingent is expected to arrive at Aundh Camp, Pune, for the exercise early this week. Senior military observers of both countries will attend the final tactical exercise scheduled to be held at Aundh Military Station on October 10 and 11.
This will be the third joint training exercise between the two armies. The aim of the joint training is to share the best military practices, promote healthy military to military relations between the two armies and developing joint strategies by sharing expertise in conducting operations. “The idea is to tap the rich repository of experience of each other and extract maximum learning value from the joint training. Forming part of different levels of the military to military engagement across the entire spectrum of operations, this exercise will enrich the two contingents in further honing basic military skills,” said the official.
The exercise is planned for a duration of 14 days with the basic objective of enhancing confidence and trust between the two militaries, which are often called upon to engage in anti-terrorism operations, including those under the UN mandate.
The joint military exercise is also an important step to uphold the values of peace, prosperity and stability in the region. It will contribute immensely in developing mutual understanding and respect for each other’s military.