Indian and Sri Lankan Navies started the 4th edition of Sri Lanka-India Exercise (SLINEX) off Trincomalee, Sri Lanka today, October 27.
SLINEX, scheduled to wrap up on November 1, is a series of bilateral maritime exercises which were first launched in 2005.
Indian Naval ships Kora, Kirpan and Savitri, along with ship-borne integral helicopters, entered Trincomalee today for the exercise. An Indian Naval maritime reconnaissance aircraft will also take part in the exercise.
The Sri Lankan Navy will be represented by Sayura, Samudra, Sagara, six Fast Attack Crafts, two Fast Gun Boats and one Fast Missile Vessel.
SLINEX will begin with a Harbour Phase, during which the participants will engage in professional, cultural and social interactions. This Phase will be followed by the Sea Phase, scheduled to commence on October 30. The Sea Phase will include complex operations including anti-piracy exercises, gun firings, cross-deck helicopter operations and anti-surface exercises.
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