India and Sri Lanka Begin Joint Naval Exercise SLINEX 2017

Sri Lankan naval ships Sayura and Sagara entered Visakhapatnam harbour on 07 September 2017 to participate in the fifth edition of SLINEX-2017, a bi-lateral naval exercise between India and Sri Lanka, from September 7 to 14. The exercise is being conducted in two phases, with the harbour phase from September 7 to 10 at Visakhapatnam and the sea phase from September 11 to 14 in the Bay of Bengal. Sri Lankan naval ships Sayura and Sagara are Indian built off-shore patrol vessels.

The exercise will commence with a harbour phase, during which, the participants will engage in professional, cultural and social interactions. The sea phase will include complex operations including anti-piracy exercises, gun firings, cross-deck helicopter operations and anti-surface exercises. SLINEX series of bilateral maritime exercises were initiated in 2005 has over the years has helped both Navies in understanding each other’s procedures and enhanced inter-operability.

The benefits of operational interactions under the aegis of SLINEX are clearly visible as both the Navies have an improved and steadfast understanding. SLINEX-17 will further enhance the capability of the two navies to work together at sea and contribute towards maritime security in the region.

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