Indian naval ship to train Lankan sailors

Last Updated: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 14:36

Colombo: Indian Naval ship `Magar`, used
for amphibious and replenishment operations has arrived at
Port of Trincomaleea to train Sri Lankan navy personnel in
various skills of naval warfare.

The vessel and its crew were ceremonially received by
the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on
Saturday.

Over 100 Sri Lanka Navy Officers under trainees and
sailors embarked on board INS Magar for a practical training
session on navigation, communication, seamanship, naval
knowledge, damage control and fire fighting.

Later Captain Commander Simon Mathais paid a courtesy
call on Eastern Naval Area Commander Rear Admiral Jayantha
Colombage, the Defence Ministry statement said.

INS Magar, a landing ship tanker (LST) used for
amphibious and replenishment operations has also the facility
to board a Chetak helicopter.

The 125 metres long vessel claims for a displacement
of 5,700 tons and accommodates a crew of 20 officers and 235
sailors on board.

Over 100 Sri Lanka Navy Officers under trainees and
sailors embarked on board INS Magar for a practical training
session on navigation, communication, seamanship, naval
knowledge, damage control and fire fighting.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Navy handed over an Indian
Dhow sailing vessel along with two ( fishermen who had been
arrested for illegal fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters,
to an Indian Coast Guard Vessel last week.

At the same time six Sri Lankan fishermen released
by Indian authorities with their Multiday Trawler "Jayalaksha"
were taken over by the Sri Lanka Navy and safely accompanied
to Thammanna Pier, the Sri Lankan Navy said in a statement.

PTI

First Published: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 14:36
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