The final phase of the Joint Exercise, Cormorant Strike 2017 was held yesterday, 14 September 2017, at Kuchchaveli. The Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy joined Hon. Ruwan Wijewardena, State Minister of Defence ,Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Admiral Ravindra C Wijegunaratne, Chief of Defence Staff and Army and Navy Commanders to observe the exercise which was conducted in the morning hours.
This was the climax of the entire operation where the Commando Regiment and Special Forces executed their final assault capturing the simulated hostile Bases in Kuchchaveli by deploying small groups, in coordination with the Air Force and the Navy.
Sri Lanka Air Force executed the air operations which included Air Interdiction missions, Rig and Drop, CASEVAC and Air assault and extraction missions as well. Group Captain Bandu Edirisinghe was appointed as the Senior Air Force Coordinator for the Exercise Cormorant Strike 2017.