CONEX 19 concludes successfully
[January 30 2019]
The Sri Lanka
Navy organized "Colombo Naval
Exercise" (CONEX 19), concluded
successfully on Tuesday (29
January). According to Navy
media, the Exercise began with
the inaugural ceremony onboard
Navy's new Advanced Offshore
Patrol Vessel, SLNS Sindurala,
on Saturday (26).
The four-day Exercise saw seven (07) Navy ships,
including "Sindurala", "Sagara", "Samudura", "Prathapa", "Suranimala", "Mihikatha",
"Rathnadeepa" and two (02) Coast Guard ships, ''Suraksha" and "Samudraraksha"
taking part in maneuvers. In addition, eight (08) Navy Fast Attack Craft
and Sri Lanka Air Force helicopters also participated in the exercise
held in the seas off Colombo.
A wide range of exercises including, passage through
mined waters, Replenishment at Sea (RAS) approaches, night firing,
Towing Exercises (TOWEX), means of communication and Visit Board Search
and Seizure (VBSS) exercises were carried out during the four-day
period. During the Exercise a special drill (MEDEVAC) was also carried
out by Navy and Air Force troops to air evacuate a patient from a ship
It is believed that CONEX 19 has paved way to improve
operational readiness and training capabilities of both forces, and also
such exercises will be crucial for the interoperability between the
services and expansion of capacity of both Navy and Air Force when
conducting combined exercises to maintain maritime security in the
country's territorial waters.