Mar 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessels, SLNS Samudura and SLNS Suranimala have left for India from the port of Trincomalee on Friday to attend a congregation of littoral navies; popularly known as MILAN conducted biennially by Indian Navy.
A host of senior naval officers including Deputy Area Commander Eastern Naval Area, Commodore Merril Sudarshana was present on the occasion of ships' departure. Deputy Area Commander extended best wishes to the Commanding Officers and crew members of the two ships on tour.
The touring ships comprising a crew of 284 naval personnel including 27 officers and 06 Midshipmen are scheduled to arrive at Visakhapatnam port, India on 06 March.
MILAN 2018 is being held at Port Blair from 06 March to 13 March 2018. With the underlying theme of 'Friendship across the Seas', MILAN 2018 will witness a diverse mix of professional exercises and seminars, social events and sporting fixtures. The interactions during MILAN encompass sharing of views and ideas on maritime good - order and enhancing regional cooperation for combating unlawful activities at sea.
The two Sri Lanka Navy ships are expected to return home on completion of tour events on the 14th of this month.