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Indo-Sri Lanka Joint Naval Training Exercise concludes successfully

Indo-Sri Lanka Joint Naval Training Exercise concludes successfully

Admiral Nirmal Verma

Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe

Admiral Nirmal Verma and Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe are attending the 19th Sea Power Symposium being held at Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island

Strengthening the bilateral relations of the two neighbouring countries and consolidating the naval cooperation between the two friendly navies, the Indo-Sri Lanka joint naval training exercise concluded successfully on the 08th of October 2009.

On the direction of Secretary of Defence Dr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe in close cooperation with his Indian counterpart Admiral Nirmal Verma posted the two Indian vessels INS "Shardul" and INCGS "Varuna" on a goodwill mission for elaborate training exercise along with Sri Lanka Navy vessels SLNS "Sayura", and SLNS "Samudura".

The exercise code-named 'Cadex 2009', involving 100 Officer under trainees of the Sri Lanka Navy's Naval and Maritime Academy, commenced in the Western waters of Sri Lanka on the 06th October. Casting off Procedures, Seamanship, Coastal Navigation, FLYEX and Fire Fighting and Damage Control exercises, and searching a suspicious vessel using small boats of the Special Boat Squadron were some of the areas which came for evaluation.

The 'Helo Ops' conducted using Indian helicopters on the Helo decks of SLNS "Sayura" and "Samudura" was a focal point in the training exercise. The Vertical Replenishment Procedures (VERTREP) conducted availed the Sri Lankan Naval personnel on board SLNS "Sayura" and SLNS "Samudura" to gain valuable exposure and experience.

The Naval training exercise provided SLN Officer under trainees an opportunity to train on board Indian Naval Ships and for SLN Ships to enhance and exchange knowledge with Indian Naval Ships. In reciprocation, Sri Lanka Navy availed the opportunity for Indian Navy Cadets to familiarize themselves with tri-forces military training institutions and to visit places of historical and cultural value in Sri Lanka in order to strengthen the training ties between the two countries.

Whilst Sri Lanka Navy and Indian Navy training exercises were taking place, both Sri Lanka Navy Commander and Indian Chief of Naval Staff are attending the 19th Sea Power Symposium conducted by the United States Navy at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. Ninety-six (96) Chiefs of Navies of the world and fifteen (15) other heads of naval delegations are attending this symposium which is the highest naval gathering under one roof in history. Both Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe and Admiral Nirmal Verma are due to address this prestigious historic gathering. Both Naval Chiefs are distinguished graduates of the Naval War College of the United States of America being graduates of Naval Staff College in 1991 and Naval Command College in 1997 respectively.

An Indian Navy helicopter and SLNS Sayura conducting VERTREP maneuvers

SLN OUTs observing VERTREP procedures

SLN OUTs having a closer look at Indian Navy helicopter on helo deck

SLN OUTs on board Indian Navy ship

SLN OUTs taking down notes

An Indian Navy Instructor giving instructions


Courtesy : Navy Media

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