Jan 12, Colombo: In order to strengthen the existing India-Sri Lanka bilateral ties, a nine-member Sri Lankan Tri- Services delegation, headed by Secretary of Defense Kapila Waidyaratne made a two-day visit to the Indian Navy's Southern Naval Command, (SNC) in Kochi from January 11.
During their stay at Kochi, the Sri Lankan delegation had discussions with Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, SNC on matters of mutual interest to both countries, including aspects related to training conducted by Indian Navy for Sri Lankan trainees at various units of SNC, a Press Information Bureau release said on Friday.
The Sri Lankan delegation also visited Water Survival Training Facility (a facility which trains the aviation crew in survival techniques in case of an aircraft crash at sea), Flight and Tactical Simulator (helicopter flight training simulator), Ship Handling Simulator and Joint Operations Centre in Kochi, it said.
Naval cooperation with Sri Lanka today covers a wide spectrum of activities, ranging from training to operations, which includes Capability Building and Capacity Augmentation, coordinated patrolling along the common maritime border, as well as port calls, it added.
The visit was undertaken on the sidelines of the 5th India Sri Lanka Annual Defense Dialogue held at New Delhi from 8-9 January. The delegation departed Kochi on Friday for Colombo.