The Sri Lanka Navy and Indian Navy Exercise (SLINEX 2015) concluded on November 1, 2015, in Trincomalee.
The joint naval exercise enabled both Navies to rehearse and improve capabilities and enhance operational effectiveness required to maintain maritime security in the region by integrating forces.
Activities on the final day’s included swapping of Officer in Tactical Command between the two Navy’s senior ships, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations, Surface Action Group drills, Asymmetric Warfare demonstrations and helicopter operations.
Sri Lanka Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessels Sayura, Samudura and Sagara, Fast Missile Vessel, Nandimitra, Fast Gun Boats, Ranajaya, Ranarisi and six Fast Attack Craft including two Super Dvora MK IIIs and Indian Navy’s missile corvettes, INS Kora and Kirpan, Offshore Patrol Vessel, Savitri along with a maritime reconnaissance helicopter, took part in the multi-dimensional exercise.
The 6-day exercise commenced with a Harbour Phase during which the participants were engaged in professional cultural and social interactions. It was followed by a sea phase that included anti-piracy exercises, main armament firing exercises, replenishment at sea, Search and Rescue (SAR) operations, towing, cross-deck helicopter operations and anti-surface exercises.
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