Indian Navy’s diving support vessel “INS Nireekshak” arrived at the Trincomalee port on Monday (Feb 28). Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) media says the visiting ship was accorded a traditional welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy upon its arrival.
The 70.5 m long vessel is manned by a crew of 107 and commanded by Commander Mohammed Ikram, it says.
The Commanding Officer made a call on the Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Sanjeewa Dias at the Eastern Naval Headquarters in Tricomalee on Monday. Defence Adviser of the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka, Captain Vikas Sood was also present at the occasion, it further says.
“INS Nireekshak” is expected to engage in diving training exercises with Sri Lanka Navy and the crew is expected to take part in several programmes organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, with a view to enhance mutual cooperation between the two navies, the SLN says.
The visiting Indian Navy ship is scheduled to leave Sri Lanka on 08th (March) and all proceedings related to the visit will be carried out adhering to COVID-19 protocols, SLN sources further state.