Colombo: An Indo-Sri Lankan joint naval
exercise involving Indian warships that recently concluded
successfully has provided the country`s naval forces gain
valuable experience, the Sri Lankan Navy has said.
"Strengthening the bilateral relations of the two
neighbouring countries and consolidating the naval cooperation
between the two friendly navies, the Indo-Sri Lanka joint
naval training exercise concluded successfully on October 8,"
the Sri Lankan Navy said in a statement.
The three-day joint exercise saw INS Shardul and INCGS
Varuna, which were sent on a goodwill mission, undertaking
elaborate training exercises along with Sri Lanka Navy vessels
SLNS Sayura and SLNS Samudura
Around 100 officer under trainees of the Sri Lanka Navy`s
Naval and Maritime Academy were involved in the exercise,
codenamed `Cadex 2009`, which commenced off the country`s
western coasts on October 6.
On the direction of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya
Rajapaksa, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral
Thisara Samarasinghe in close cooperation with his Indian
counterpart Admiral Nirmal Verma posted the two Indian vessels
on a goodwill mission here, the release said.
Casting off procedures, seamanship, coastal navigation,
flyex and fire fighting and damage control exercises, and
searching suspicious vessels using small boats of the Special
Boat Squadron were some of the areas which came for
evaluation, it said.
The `Helo Ops` conducted on the Helo decks of both the
Lankan Navy crafts was a focal point in the training
Similarly, Vertical Replenishment Procedures (VERTREP)
conducted enabled the Lankan navy personnel on board SLNS
Sayura and SLNS Samudura to gain valuable exposure and
The naval training exercise provided Sri Lankan Naval
Officer under trainees an opportunity to train on board Indian
Naval ships and for SLN Ships to enhance and exchange
knowledge with Indian Naval ships, it said.
"In reciprocation, Sri Lanka Navy availed the opportunity
for Indian Navy cadets to familiarise themselves with
tri-forces military training institutions and to visit places
of historical and cultural value in Sri Lanka in order to
strengthen the training ties between the two countries," the
Sri Lanka Navy`s press release added.