The final phase of the Joint Exercise, Cormorant Strike 2018 was held yesterday (26 September 2018) at Kuchchaveli where the State Minister of Defence, Hon. Ruwan Wijewardena attended as the Chief Guest. Admiral Ravindra C Wijegunaratne, Chief of Defence Staff, Army and Navy Commanders and the Chief of Staff of the SLAF, Air Vice Marshal Sumangala Dias were among the dignitaries present to observe the exercise which was conducted in the afternoon 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. There were participants from foreign militaries as well which added value to the exercise.
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 Lasitha Sumanaweera officiated as the Senior Air Force Coordinator for the Exercise Cormorant Strike 2018.