4th edition India, Sri Lanka bilateral naval exercise SLINEX 15 begins in Sri Lanka
The fourth edition of Sri Lanka-India bilateral naval exercise SLINEX 2015 began off Trincomalee coast, Sri Lanka.
The six days exercise seeks to reinforce the strong neighbourly ties underscored by extensive maritime interaction and improved understanding between neighbouring both countries.
- SLINEX 15 seeks to enhance the capability of both navies to work together at sea and contribute towards maritime security in the region.
- It commenced with a Harbour Phase in which both participant navies were engaged in professional, cultural and social interactions.
- It will be followed by the Sea Phase in which complex operations including anti-piracy exercises, cross-deck helicopter operations, gun firings and anti-surface exercises will be undertaken.
- Indian Navy is represented by 2 missile corvettes viz. INS Kora, INS Kirpan and 1 offshore patrol vessel INS Savitri along with ship-borne integral helicopters. In addition, an Indian Naval maritime reconnaissance aircraft will also take part in the exercise.
- Sri Lankan Navy is represented by ships like Sayura, Sagara, Samudra, 6 Fast Attack Crafts, 1 Fast Missile Vessel and 2 Fast Gun Boats.
SLINEX series of bilateral maritime exercises between India and Sri Lanka was initiated in 2005. Since then three successful naval engagements have been conducted.