Sri Lanka Navy ships return after successful naval exercise in India
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 06:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Oct 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy ships SLNS Sagara and Suranimala, which left for India a week ago on a four-day goodwill visit which also included training exercises, returned to the port of Colombo on completion of their tour.
SLNS Sagara and SLNS Suranimala left the island for India on 6th Oct, and reached the Cochin harbor in India on 8th Oct.
Following the arrival, Commanding officers of the two Sri Lankan Navy ships met with the Chief of Staff of the Southern Naval Command of Indian Navy Rear Admiral AK Nathkarani and other senior officials for discussions. Commanding Officer of SLNS Sagara Captain Janaka Nissanka also joined in an observation visit to the maintenance unit of the Air Wing of Indian Navy.
During the visit, the crew members of the ships got an opportunity to visit the specific schools of the Indian Navy including Navigation school, ASW School, Communication school, Gunnery school and the Aviation school. The school visit allowed the Sri Lankan trainee officers to learn and experience the modern technology used by Indian Navy.
In addition, Sri Lankan Naval personnel participated in several naval exercises and they gained new knowledge through the programs related to disaster management and climate change.
A joint cultural show was also staged and it was commended by the Senior Officers of both countries. Making the trainee officers an opportunity to display their talents a friendly football match was also played.
The two Sri Lankan Navy ships which set sail for Sri Lanka from Cochin harbor participated in a joint Naval exercise with INS Sharda. During this exercise joint ship handling, Searching suspicious ships, Communication signals and Ceremonials were rehearsed.
The ships reached Colombo harbor on completion of their tour successfully on 12th October, the Navy Media Unit said.