The navies of India, the Maldives and Sri Lanka have conducted a two-day maiden exercise known as the ‘Colombo Security Conclave (CSC) Focused Operation’.

The operation, held on 27 and 28 November, was aimed at enhancing maritime security cooperation and promote peace in the Indian Ocean Region.

It also focused on improving mutual operational capability and exercise interoperability.

According to information from the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD), ships and vessels of the Indian Navy, Maldives National Defence Force and the Sri Lankan Navy participated in the exercise.

The vessels operated near the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) of the three countries in Southern Arabian Sea.

The trilateral engagement offered an opportunity for participants to practise techniques and procedure for counter narcotics, search and rescue at sea, air tracking and establishing effective communication operations.

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According to the MoD, the Focused Operation seeks to help build interoperability between the lead maritime security agencies of the three countries.

Furthermore, it seeks to strengthen the operational synergy through the exchange of information by conducting coordinated operations to manage maritime incidents.

The Indian High Commission in the Maldives was quoted by media sources as saying that ‘the aim of India-Maldives-Sri Lanka tri-lateral exercise ‘Dosti’ is to further fortify the friendship’ between the nations.

In July this year, a trilateral Table Top Exercise (TTX) was held between these three navies, while the three countries participated in the 5th Deputy National Security Advisors (NSA) meeting of Colombo Security Conclave in August.