India-Sri Lanka to have bilateral maritime exercise from 19 to 21 October

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new Delhi. The Indian and Sri Lankan navies will conduct bilateral maritime exercises at Trincomalee, Sri Lanka from 19 to 21 October. The purpose of this exercise is to improve mutual understanding between the navies of the two countries and exchange best practices for multidisciplinary maritime operations. Apart from this, India will showcase its maritime strength with the capabilities of its indigenous naval ships and aircraft.

The Navy spokesman said that in this exercise SLN Ships Shaurya (Offshore Patrol Vessel) and Gajabahu (Training Ship) will be represented by the Sri Lankan Navy with Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet Rear Admiral Bandara Jayatilaka of Sri Lanka Navy. The Flag Officer of Rear Fleet Commanding Eastern Fleet along with indigenously built anti-submarine warfare Kamorta and Kilton, Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsyan will represent the Indian Navy. In addition, the Indian Navy’s Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and Chetak helicopter ships and Dornier Maritime Petrol Aircraft will also participate.

The previous version of the Slinex with navies of both countries was operated from Visakhapatnam in September 2019. The purpose of this exercise is to enhance interoperability, improve mutual understanding, and exchange best practices and procedures for multidisciplinary maritime operations between the two navies. In addition, the exercise will also showcase the capabilities of India’s indigenous naval ships and aircraft. During the exercise, surface and anti-air exercises including weapon firing, seamanship evolution, maneuvers and cross deck flying operations will be planned which will further enhance understanding of the already established interoperability between the two friendly navies.

The spokesperson said that this series of Slinexes exemplify the deep engagement between India and Sri Lanka, which has strengthened mutual cooperation in the maritime sector. Negotiations between India and the Sri Lankan Navy have also increased in recent years due to India’s policy of ‘Neighborhood First’. The result of better coordination between the navies of the two countries was that in September 2020, the fire on the east coast of Sri Lanka at Panama’s very large crude carrier New Diamond was controlled by mutual cooperation.

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