Secretary observes 'SLINEX' on board SL Navy Ship Sayura
The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng.
Karunasena Hettiarachchi observed the joint naval exercise conducted by
the Sri Lanka Navy and Indian Navy at the seas off Trincomalee on Sunday
(01st November 2015).
The Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral
Ravindra Wijeguneratne welcomed the Secretary on his arrival to the
exercise at the Naval Dockyard, Trincomalee. Afterwards, the visiting
high official was accompanied on board Sri Lanka Navy Ship Sayura which
performed a pivotal roles during the exercise. The six day long
joint exercise had been named as SLINEX - 2015.
The Deputy Chief of Staff and Commander Eastern Naval
Area, the Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Fleet and the Director
General Operations of Sri Lanka Navy were also present onboard Sayura
directing the final day's activities which also included the swapping of
Officer in Tactical Command between the two Navy's senior ships, Visit
Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations, Surface Action Group drills,
Asymmetric Warfare demonstrations and helicopter operations.
The combined naval exercise had opened an avenue for
both navies to derive mutual benefit through the experiences. The
confidence gained through SLINEX had facilitated to
develop joint maritime operational capabilities of both Navies.
Sri Lanka Navy Ships Sayura, Samudura and Sagara, Fast
Missile Vessels, Fast Gun Boats and six Fast Attack Craft including two
Super Dvora MK IIIs were engaged with the Indian Navy Ships.
Accordingly, Indian Navy Ships Kora, Kirpan and Savitri along with a
maritime reconnaissance helicopter took-part in the mega exercise.
During the process anti-piracy exercises, main
armament firing exercises, replenishment at sea, Search and Rescue (SAR)
operations, towing, cross-deck helicopter operations and anti-surface
exercises were also performed.
Maritime exercises in this calibre would
positively enhance the defence co-operation while boosting the
professional interaction of the both navies.
The Commander of the Navy presented a memento to the
Secretary Hettiarchchi to mark the occasion at the Navy Ship Sayura at the
end of the exercise.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Kolitha
Gunatilleke, the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Crishantha De
Silva, Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsinghala were
also present on board the ship.