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SL Navy conducts exercises with German and JMSDF ships in Sri Lanka

January 19, 2022

Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) conducted naval exercises with a German Navy’s frigate and two Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships which arrived in Colombo and Trincomalee respectively on official visits recently.

The SLN sources said these naval exercises were conducted off the Western and the Eastern Coasts of the country.

Commanding Officer of the German Navy’s FFGH (123 Class) frigate ‘BAYERN’, Commander (Senior Grade) KALSKI Tilo called on the Deputy Chief of Staff and Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Upul De Silva at the Western Naval Command Headquarters.

Meanwhile, Commander Minesweeper Division One of the JMSDF, Captain NOGUCHI Yasushi and two Commanding Officers of the ships ‘URAGA’ and ‘HIRADO’ conducted a virtual discussion with Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Sanjeewa Dias, the SLN added.

The naval exercise between the German Navy frigate and SLNS Sayurala was conducted in seas off Colombo while SLNS Sagara carried out the naval exercise with JMSDF ships off the eastern coast.

Exchanging best practices and experience among each other, ships’ crew members participated in several programmes during the visits while adhering to healthcare guidelines.

The SLN had the customary farewell to the departing German and JMSDF ships in accordance with naval traditions, the Navy sources confirmed.