SL Army to hold Exercise Western Shield in July

Release time:2019-04-03 Publisher:Lanka Voice

Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Infantry Director General Major General Duminda Keppetiwalana and other Army personnel at the recent briefing on Exercise Western Shield.

The biggest-ever military exercise organised by the Sri Lanka Army – Exercise Western Shield – with the largest-ever contingent of infantrymen is scheduled to begin on July 1, with the support of other service regiments and Navy and Air Force troops.

The Infantry Directorate on a concept of Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has already given final touches to Exercise Western Shield, in which 5,000 infantrymen, three General Officers Commanding, nine Brigade Commanders, 15 Commanding Officers and other supportive Army personnel are expected to take part.

Infantry Director General Major General Duminda Keppetiwalana would act as the supervisor for the month-long exercise, which would cover the Anuradhapura, Mannar and Puttalam districts.

Lieutenant General Senanayake gave instructions for this exercise considering the need for Army personnel to be prepared to meet any future security threat. The exercise will enhance troops’ alertness for tactical operability, enemy offensives, and infantry operations; enahanc knowledge of theoretical understanding, decision-making and operational abilities, map reading, command, as well as psychological preparedness to face any threat.

Exercise Western Shield will extend from Mannar to Puttalam, including Kalpitiya, Wilpattu National Park, Mavillu and Thabbowa Forest Reserves and the Western coastal belt and provide the opportunity for Army trainees to march through those areas which are not usually accessible, except to Forest Conservation authorities.

During the weekend, Major General Keppetiwalana briefed the Army Commander who was in Diyatalawa to meet Sri Lankan and Indian troops engaged in the ongoing Mitra Shakthi exercise, on Exercise Western Shield, which would mark a milestone in the Army’s history since it would enable troops to experience simulated operations at ground level.

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