SLINEX 2019: India and Sri Lanka conducts Joint Naval Exercise
The ‘SLINEX 2019’, the bilateral maritime exercise between India and Sri Lanka commenced on 7 September 2019 and will go on till September 14th. Sri Lankan Navy has sent two offshore patrol vessels SLNS Sindurala and SLNS Suranimala to India to participate in seventh annual Joint Indo-Lanka Maritime Fleet Exercise- SLINEX 2019. The offshore patrol vessels, SLNS Sindurala and Suranimala left from Trincomalee Port (of Sri Lanka) for India and arrived in port of Visakhapatnam (India).
About SLINEX 2019
SLINEX (Sri Lanka India Naval Exercise) will be attended by 323 Sri Lankan navy personnel including Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Fleet.
The week-long joint Naval exercise features wide ranging naval exercises including helicopter operations.
Significance: Exercise signifies the desire of both countries to enhance co-operation and to further strengthen mutual trust and interoperability between two navies. The bilateral maritime exercise will enable Indian Navy and Sri Lankan navies to rehearse and improve own capabilities and enhance operational effectiveness required to maintain maritime security in Indian Ocean region (IOR).
NOTE: First ever SLINEX exercise took place in 2005.
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