Oct 18, Colombo: The navies of India and Sri Lanka will conduct a three-day military exercise off Trincomalee beginning Monday, in a show of growing congruence in their strategic interests and operational convergence in the region, officials said, according to a PTI report.
The eighth edition of the annual SLINEX exercise will feature a series of complex drills including surface and anti-air weapon firings and cross deck flying operations with an aim to further fine-tune the “high degree” of inter-operability between the two navies, they said.
The Indian Navy will deploy anti-submarine warfare corvettes INS Kamorta and INS Kiltan as well as a sizeable number of advanced light helicopters, Chetak helicopter and Dornier maritime patrol aircraft in the exercise, the officials said.
The Sri Lanka Navy will be represented by offshore patrol vessel Sayura and training ship Gajabahu.
The previous edition of SLINEX was conducted off Visakhapatnam in September 2019.
“SLINEX series of exercise exemplifies the deep engagement between India and Sri Lanka which has strengthened mutual cooperation in the maritime domain,” an Indian Navy spokesperson said.
“Interaction between the two navies has also grown significantly in recent years, in consonance with India’s policy of ‘Neighborhood First’ and the prime minister’s vision of Security and Growth for all in the Region (SAGAR),” he said.