Joint military exercise:
Navy takes part in Cormorant Strike
The Sri Lanka Navy is taking part in the joint military exercise
codenamed Cormorant Strike which commenced yesterday, November 21. Over
2,500 personnel drawn from the Army, Navy and Air Force have joined the
nine-day exercise conducted in the areas spanning from Silawathura
Mannar to Mavillu in Thanthirimale, Anuradhapura.
Exercise ‘Cormorant Strike’ involves amphibious landing followed by
operation on land under simulated combat action. An amphibious operation
is the epitome of joint military action and thus, the success solely
depends on efficiently executed amphibious actions by the Navy.
As such, the exercise gives an opportunity to the different elements
of the Sri Lanka Navy to rehearse the concept of amphibious operations
and enhance own skills.
In this exercise, the Navy is engaged in landing of troops and war
materials from the sea and special operations conducted by the Special
Boat Squadron (SBS) along with the Special Forces of the Sri Lanka Army.
The Navy executes its operations utilizing five Naval ships including
a Landing Ship Tank (LST), a Landing Craft Utility (LCU), two Fast Gun
Boats (FGBs), five Fast Attack Craft (FACs), 23 high speed Arrow boats
and several Water jet type craft. Naval personnel attached to these
ships and craft and SBS and RABS teams are taking part in the exercise.
The main parts of the exercise conducted by the Navy are as follows:
* Embarkation of troops and war materials to the Naval Ships at a
friendly harbour/beach area
* Movement to the objective area through sea under war situation
* Disembarkation of troops and war materials to small landing craft
and high speed boats
* Amphibious assault and landing in the enemy territory
* Special operations by the Special Boat Squadron (SBS) the Sri Lanka
Navy for securing the beach head, reconnaissance missions, gathering
intelligence and clearing the underwater obstacles in the landing area.
Providing Naval Gun Fire Support (NGFS) by the ship in order to
neutralize the enemy target during the amphibious landing.