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India, Sri Lanka bilateral naval exercise SLINEX 15

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India and Sri Lanka began their bilateral naval exercise off Lanka’s Trincomalee focusing on anti-piracy exercises SLINEX 15, gun firings, cross-deck helicopter operations and anti-surface operations on 27th Oct 2015 in Sri Lanka.

Duration : October 27 to November 1

Aim : To enhance the capability of the two navies to work together at sea and contribute towards maritime security in the region.

India, Sri Lanka bilateral naval exercise SLINEX 15

Participation :

  • Indian Naval ships Kora, Kirpan (both missile corvettes) and Savitri (offshore patrol vessel) along with ship-borne integral helicopters entered Trincomalee.
  • An Indian Naval maritime reconnaissance aircraft will also participate in the exercise.
  • The Lankan Navy will be represented by Sayura, Samudra, Sagara, six Fast Attack Crafts, two Fast Gun Boats and one Fast Missile Vessel.

Two Phases :

  • Harbour Phase :The participants will engage in professional, cultural and social interactions.
  • Sea Phase :It will include complex operations including anti-piracy exercises, gun firings, cross-deck helicopter operations and anti-surface exercises.

About SLINEX :

SLINEX series of bilateral maritime exercises were initiated in 2005 and since then three successful engagements have been conducted.

Key points :

  • Sri Lanka President : Maithripala Sirisena
  • Sri Lanka Prime Minister : Ranil Wickremesinghe
  • Sri Lanka Capital : Colombo
  • Sri Lanka Currency : Sri Lankan rupee