Sept 22, Trincomalee: The Sri Lanka-India joint naval exercise, named “SLINEX 2011”, commenced on Monday, September 19 in the seas off Trincomalee, will come to a conclusion tomorrow.
According to an Indian High Commission press release, six Indian Naval ships, INS Ranvijay, INS Shivalik, INS Gharial, INS Khanjar, INS Cheriyam and INS Coradiv, along with integral helicopters and a Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft are participating in SLINEX-2011.
Rear Admiral HCS Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Indian Navy, is commanding the Indian ships participating in the exercise.
Eleven Sri Lankan Navy ships, including two Offshore Patrol Vessels, one Fast Missile Vessel, two Fast Gun Boats and six Fast Attack Craft are participating in the joint operation as well.
The joint operation will serve as a platform for exchanging useful experiences, enhancing interoperability and promoting mutual trust and understanding between the two Navies, the High Commission said.
The five-day exercise involves various naval exercises, including manoeuvring exercises, maritime interdiction operations, force protection measures, humanitarian and disaster relief and anti-piracy operations.
Apart from operational interactions, sports fixtures, presentations on topics of mutual interest and demonstration by the Sri Lanka Navy are also being organized.
India says during visits abroad for such exercises, Indian Naval ships regularly carry out community service.
In line with this practice, the officers and men from the participating Indian ships visited the ‘Anbu Illam’ and ‘Sivananda Thapobanam’ orphanages in Trincomalee and carried out community service, including painting of dormitories and beds, renewal of electrical wiring, plumbing work and other repair activities. The Indian Navy handed out two months’ supply of provisions, medicines, fans, bulbs, paint and other essential commodities. They also had a chance to interact with the children at these orphanages.
The two navies conduct routine joint exercises to maintain close cooperation in protecting the sea between the two countries.