Navies of India, Lanka begin joint exercise

NEW DELHI: Three Indian naval ships reached Trincomalee for the sixth edition of the SLINEX 2018 — a bilateral naval exercise between India and Sri Lanka — which began on Friday.

            The inaugural ceremony of the exercise was held on board Sri Lankan Navy’s SLNS Sayurala and was attended by Rear Adm Dinesh Kumar Tripathi, Indian Navy’s Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, and Sri Lankan Navy’s Rear Adm S A Weerasinghe, Commander Eastern Naval Area and Rear Adm Ananda Kumar Guruge, Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet, a statement by the Indian Navy said.

            Earlier, Indian naval ships Kirch, Sumitra and Cora Divh entered Trincomalee to participate in the sixth edition of the SLINEX 2018 from September 7 to 13, it said.

            In addition to three ships, one ship-borne integral helicopter and two maritime patrol aircraft Dornier are participating from the Indian side, while the Sri Lankan Navy is represented by SLN Ships Sayurala, Samudra and Suranimala. (AGENCIES)