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Second Batch of Sri Lanka Army CCC completes training exercise ahead of peacekeeping mission in Mali

Published Oct 26, 2018
Updated Jun 23, 2020

The second batch of the Mali-bound Combat Convoy Company (CCC) of the Sri Lanka Army preparing to leave for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) concluded their Field Training Exercise (FTX) today.

The Sri Lanka Army said the week-long Field Training Exercise (FTX), ‘Harmattan – 2’commnced on 18 October came to a successful conclusion today.

The mock Field Training Exercise was organized by the Army as a preparatory mission orientation to match with UN guidelines, prior to the UN peace-keeping assignment shortly in Mali.

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The convoy of about 60 vehicles, together with 400 troops which started from Chundikulam on the 18th October under the command of Brigadier Jayantha Gunaratne, Exercise Director, ‘Harmattan – 2’ traversed a record distance of 680 km, covering a large territory in the North, North Central and a part of the Eastern province and finished at 55 Division Battalion Training School in Chundikulam, Jaffna this morning.

On the way, troops under training confronted simulated ambushes, terrorist attacks and other interventions which were successfully thwarted by the rehearsing Combat Convoy Company (CCC) troops.

The FTX ‘Harmattan – 2’, comprising 10 Regiments of the Army is made up of Infantry troops with Armor, Mechanized Infantry, Combat Support and Combat Service Support elements overcame their challenges under simulated threat conditions, identical to those prevailing in Mali. The second contingent, which has 20 officers and 240 other rankers, will replace the first CCC in December.

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