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Secretary observes 'SLINEX' on board SL Navy Ship Sayura

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.


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