Who: India and Sri Lanka
What: Began Joint Naval Exercise SLINEX 2015
When: 27 October 2015
Indian Navy and Sri Lankan Navy on 27 October 2015 began the 4th edition of Sri Lanka-India Exercise (SLINEX) at Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. The exercise will go on till 1 November 15. SLINEX 15 is expected to enhance the capability of two navies to work together and contribute towards maritime security.
The exercise will commence with a Harbour Phase, during which, the participants will engage in professional, cultural and social interactions.
The Harbour Phase will be followed by the Sea Phase, which will include complex operations including anti-piracy exercises, gun firings, cross-deck helicopter operations and anti-surface exercises.
Indian Navy representation in SLINEX 2015
Indian Naval ships Kora, Kirpan and Savitri along with ship-borne integral helicopters will participate in the exercise. Kora and Kirpan, the missile corvettes, are commanded by Commander Ashok Rao and Commander Abraham Samuel, respectively.
The Offshore Patrol Vessel Savitri is commanded by Commander Prashant Negi. In addition, an Indian Naval maritime reconnaissance aircraft will also participate in the exercise.
Sri Lankan Navy representation in SLINEX 2015
The Sri Lankan Navy will be represented by Sayura, Samudra, Sagara, six Fast Attack Crafts, two Fast Gun Boats and one Fast Missile Vessel.
About Sri Lanka-India Exercise (SLINEX)
SLINEX series of bilateral maritime exercises was initiated in 2005 and since then three successful engagements have been conducted.
SLINEX aims to promote mutual understanding and provide exposure to both the Navies to each others’ operating procedures, communication procedures and best practices.
This allows the two navies to develop greater confidence to operate together during complex maritime missions.