6 Indian Navy’s vessels arrives in Sri Lanka ports
A fleet of the largest number of Indian naval ships arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday. This marked a historic bilateral relation between the two South Asian neighbours – India and Sri Lanka.
The Indian Navy will have a bilateral naval exercise with Sri Lanka Navy.
Six ships of the Indian Navy’s First Training Squadron with more than 750 Indian Navel personnel arrived at Ports of Colombo and Trincomalee. Earlier it was in 2015 that the ships from the First Training Squadron visited Sri Lanka.
The First Training Squadron which comprises six ships including two sail ships is a part of the Indian Navy’s prestigious Southern Naval Command (SNC).
SNC is the Training Command of the Indian Navy that conducts the entire range of naval training for officers and sailors, including those from friendly foreign countries.
Indian Navy has trained more than 11,000 international trainees from over 40 countries in the last four decades, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said in a statement. It is one of the finest destinations for training.
Indian Naval Ship (INS) ‘Shardul‘ and ‘Magar‘ arrived at the Colombo harbour while INS ‘Sujata‘, ‘Sudarshini‘, ‘Tarangini‘ and Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) ‘Vikram‘ called at the North Eastern port of Trincomalee. These ships are helmed by Capt. Aftab Ahmed Khan, Senior Officer of the First Training Squadron.
The massive crew of all six ships includes 75 officers, 153 officer cadets, 10 NCC cadets, and 530 sailors. During their stay, a series of professional, training, cultural, and sports interactions are scheduled between the ships’ crew and Sri Lanka Navy personnel. The ships would depart on October 28.
The Southern Naval Command headed by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, PVSM, AVSM, NM, VSM, ADC also arrived in Sri Lanka on a four-day official visit from October 24-28.
The Admiral will meet the senior leadership in Sri Lanka and visit Colombo, Trincomalee, and Galle where there are major Navel bases of the Sri Lanka Navy. During the visit interaction with key area headquarters is planned in addition to visiting at Naval and Maritime Academy at Trincomalee, High Commission stated.
Sri Lanka Navy will conduct several training exercises with the visiting Training Squadron of the Indian Navy in Colombo and Trincomalee and these exercises will be held adhering to COVID-19 protocols.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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