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    Joint China-Sri Lanka Army ‘Exercise - Silk Route’ comes to a end

    July 14, 2015

    Curtains came down on the 2nd joint exercise ‘Exercise-Silk Route 2015’ between Sri Lanka Army and People’s Liberation Army of China during a closing ceremony on Monday (13) at the Special Forces (SF) Training School at Maduruoya.

    Together with the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva as the Guest of Honour, HE Yi Xianliang, Ambassador for the People’s Republic of China in Sri Lanka graced the closing ceremony as theJ Chief Guest. 
    The 43-member group of Chinese military officers, led by Lieutenant Colonel Qi Qiang of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) joined hands together with a similar number from the Sri Lanka Army’s Commando Regiment and Special Forces in the ‘Exercise - Silk Route - 2015’ which began on June 22 after a brief ceremony at the Officer Career Development Centre (OCDC) at Buttala. 
    Organized by Directorate of Training at the Army Headquarters,  it was conducted under three phases at Commando Regiment Training School (CRTS), Uva-Kudaoya, Commando Regiment Headquarters, Ganemulla and Special Forces Training School (SFTS) at Maduruoya.  
    Commander of the Army at the main entrance to the Special Forces Training School warmly received HE Yi Xianliang, Chinese Ambassador and requested him to have a walk through the demonstration site where the officers in the Exercise presented a string of drills and exercise features. 
    Several stunning mock demonstrations that displayed by way of raids, operations, combat rider skills, motorcade drills, ambushes and other training modules thrilled the spectators before the closing ceremony got underway after playing national anthems of both Sri Lanka and China. 
    Award of medals and certificates to the participants took place afterwards, headed by the Chief Guest and the Commander of the Army. 
    Towards the end of the day’s proceedings, the whole joint Exercise turned more memorable with the exchange of mementoes and country flags by both Armies. Before the formal announcement of the closure of the ‘Exercise-Silk Route 2015’, an officer of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and the Chinese Ambassador made a few remarks and commended the Sri Lanka Army for its meticulous planning and the conduct of the whole Exercise to the best satisfaction of everyone. Commander of the Army also made a few observations at the occasion. Exercise Director raised the vote of thanks.   
    Major General Sumedha Perera, Colonel of the Regiment - Special Forces Regiment, Major General Prasanna De Silva, Colonel of the Regiment - Commando Regiment, Major General Janaka Walgama, Commander, Security Force Headquarters-East (SFHQ-E), Brigadier Aruna Jayasekara, Director Training, Commandant, SFTS and senior officers attended the closing ceremony.
    Last modified on Monday, 13 July 2015 16:46

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