Naval Ships Kirch, Sumitra and Cora Divh entered Trincomalee, Port in North
Eastern Sri Lanka to participate in the sixth edition of SLINEX 2018, a
bi-lateral Naval Exercise between India and Sri Lanka, from September 07 to 13
inaugural ceremony of the exercise held onboard SLNS Sayurala was attended by
Rear Adm Dinesh Kumar Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet
(FOCEF) of Indian Navy and Rear Adm SA Weerasinghe, Commander Eastern Naval
Area (COMEAST) and Rear Adm Ananda Kumar Guruge, Flag Officer Commanding Naval
Fleet (FOCNF) of the Sri Lankan Navy.
In addition to three IN Ships, one ship-borne integral
helicopter and two Maritime Patrol Aircraft Dorniers are participating from
Indian side while Sri Lankan Naval is represented by SLN Ships Sayurala,
Samudra and Suranimala.
exercise is being conducted in two phases, with the harbor phase from September
07 to 10 September at Trincomalee during which, the participants will engage in
professional, sporting and social interactions. The Harbor Phase will be
followed by the Sea Phase from September 11 Sep to 13 in the Bay of Bengal off
Trincomalle and will include gun firings, communication procedures, seamanship
as well as navigation evolutions and helicopter operations.
series of bilateral maritime exercises were initiated in 2005 and since then
five successful engagements have been conducted. SLINEX over the years has
helped both the Navies in understanding each other's procedures and enhanced
interoperability. This edition of the exercise will further strength ties
between the two maritime neighbors and contribute towards maritime security in