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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.

Key facts

  • 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.

Tsunami early Warning system successfully tested in Mumbai

A newly-installed Tsunami Early Warning System Siren was successfully tested near INS Angre, off Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in south Mumbai.

It was tested nearly 11 years after the Boxing Day tsunami which had hit the east coast of India and had killed more than 10,000 people.

Key facts

  • The siren system has been installed at the Meteorology Office of Western Naval Command by Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS).
  • It has a digital electronic board fitted in the system which gives out data about the approaching tsunami.
  • The system has a radical range of 3 kms in all directions and gives continuous hoot for 60 seconds during emergency.
  • The siren will be remotely controlled by Hyderabad based INCOIS and will operate in case of a possible Tsunami threat in the local region.
  • 7 tsunami buoys with sensors will record the speed and height of waves. It will further alert the monitoring centre in Hyderabad.
  • The warning siren will provide precise tsunami alert to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), disaster management authorities and Indian Navy to prevent the possible damage.

In 2005, Indian Government had started its own interim tsunami warning centre after the devastating tsunami which had hit the Indian Ocean countries on December 26, 2004.