Indian,Sri Lankan Navies Conclude Exercise


The Indian Navy benefitted from the Sri Lankan relationship with a minor intensity crisis whereas the Sri Lankan Navy understood how to operate efficiently in a multi force combatant with the merger of the two countries Navies.

 These developments comprised of six Indian states of art vessels of the Eastern command and more than 1200 Indian naval personnel, and 11 Sri Lankan vessels and the same number of personnel was deeply observed by the international community and the diplomatic corps established in Colombo.

These exercises, “SLINEX 11” started on the 19th -24th of September which had the objective of improving interoperability of the two navies. The Sri Lankan Navy declared that the exercise is designed to avail opportunity for the neighboring navies to understudy the basis of joint naval operations and ensure experiences so as to derive from each other.

The decision to enhance mutual defense cooperation and to rely on combine naval exercise was arrived at during the visit of the Defense secretary Pradeep Kumar to Sri Lanka in December 2010.

The first Indo naval exercise took place five years ago. The Eelam War IV which assumed a high dimension since 2006, the exercises which were to be observed yearly had to be abandoned.

The vessel which created a lot of commitments was indigenous multi role frigate with formidable fittings, INS Shivalik. The vessel first launched in April 2010 is an output of indigenous make, US engines and a combination of Russian and Indian armory. The frigate is a component of the Eastern fleet.

The Indian Naval ships launched are INS Ranvijay, INS Shivalik, INS Gharial, INS Khanjar, INS Cheryam and INS Coradiv, along with intergral helicopters and a Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Rear Admiral HCS Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Indian Navy, is giving orders to the Indian ships taking part in the exercise.

Despite Operational interactions, sport fixtures, presentations of topics of mutual interest and demonstration by the Sri Lanka Navy had to be framed. On visitations overseas, the Indian naval ships often do community service. In tune with this method, colleagues from other ships went to the ‘Anbu Illam’ and ‘Sivananda Thapobanam’ Orphanages in Trincomalee and executed community service, including painting of dormitories and beds, renewal of electrical wiring, plumbing work and other repair works. The Indian Navy gave out two months supply of provisions, medicines, fans, bulbs, paint and other necessary items. They went ahead creating a room for effective communication with the kids at these orphanages.

The Vietnamese Ambassador to Sri Lanka moved from Colombo to Trincomalee to deliver his wishes to the Indian and Sri Lankan Navy personnel, onboard the INS Shivalik on Thursday.


Source: indiandefence, September 26, 2011