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.
- 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