The navies of India and Sri Lanka have commenced the Sri Lanka-India Exercise (Slinex) off Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, reinforcing the strong neighbourly ties with maritime interaction.
First launched in 2005, the latest Slinex marks the fourth edition of the bilateral maritime exercise.
The exercise is aimed at promoting mutual understanding and delivering exposure to both the navies operating procedures, communication procedures and best practises.
With this cooperation, both navies will be able to develop greater confidence to operate together, if required, during complex maritime missions, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) stated.
The exercise will see participation of the Indian Navy’s missile corvettes Kora and Kirpan, offshore patrol vessel Savitri, along with ship-borne integral helicopters. An Indian Naval maritime reconnaissance aircraft will also participate in the exercise.
The Sri Lankan Navy assets that are involved in the exercise include naval ships Sayura, Samudra, Sagara, six fast attack crafts, two fast gun boats and one fast missile vessel.
The Harbour Phase of the exercise will see participants engaging in professional, cultural and social interactions, while the Sea Phase will include complex operations including anti-piracy exercises, gun firings, cross-deck helicopter operations and anti-surface exercises.
According to the MoD, the periodic conduct of this exercise has to further advance professional as well as operational engagements between the two navies.
Exercise Slinex is scheduled to be concluded on 1 November.
Recently, the naval forces from India, Japan and the US conducted the annual joint naval exercise, Exercise Malabar 2015, in the Bay of Bengal.
The exercise involved a series of complex exercises in a bid to advance multi-national maritime relationships and mutual security.