Sept 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessels, SLNS Sindurala and Suranimala left Trincomalee on Thursday for India to participate in the SLINEX 2019, the joint maritime naval exercise with the Indian Navy.
The two naval ships were accorded a formal farewell in accordance with naval traditions as they left the harbor. They are scheduled to arrive at the Port of Visakhapatnam on 07th September.
The annual Joint Indo-Lanka Maritime Fleet Exercise - SLINEX 2019 will be conducted from 07th to 14th September. It will be attended by 323 SLN personnel including the Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Fleet, Rear Admiral Upul De Silva.
The exercise features wide ranging naval exercises including helicopter operations.
The exercise signifies the desire of both countries to enhance co-operation and to further strengthen mutual trust and interoperability between the two navies. Further, it will enable both navies to rehearse and improve own capabilities and enhance operational effectiveness required to maintain maritime security in the Indian Ocean region, the Navy said.