Indian Coast Guard ships in Lanka for marine exercise
Colombo: Two Indian Coast Guard ships have arrived in the eastern Sri Lankan port of Trincomalee to participate in a three-nation marine exercise.
The ICGS Vishwast and ICGS Rajkamal were welcomed in accordance with naval traditions on arrival.
The ships are here to participate in a trilateral table top exercise involving India, Maldives and Sri Lanka.
ICGS Vishwast is an Offshore Patrol Vessel commanded by Inspector General J K Verghese. It is 94 metres in length and has a displacement of 2,400 tons.
The ship`s complement consists of 102 personnel that include 10 officers, 2 trainee officers and 90 sailors.
ICGS Rajkamal is an Inshore Patrol Vessel commanded by Commandant HJ Singh. It is 50.38 metres long and has a displacement of 356 tons.
The ship has 42 personnel that include 5 officers, a trainee officer and 36 sailors.
Last month, naval chief Admiral D K Joshi had toured Sri Lanka where his offer of training Sri Lankan naval officers in India provoked sharp political reactions in Tamil Nadu following heavy criticism of the union government over India`s participation in the CHOGM summit in Colombo.
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