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India Sri Lanka Maritime Relations – Continued Emphasis with Navy Chief Visit

Published Dec 20, 2019
Updated Feb 05, 2020

Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy is visiting Sri Lanka from 19 to 22 Dec 19.

The visit is intended to consolidate and enhance the bilateral maritime relations between India and Sri Lanka. During his visit, the CNS will hold bilateral discussions with V Adm KKVPH De Silva, Commander of Sri Lanka Navy, Service Chiefs and other senior Government officials. CNS will interact with the Sri Lanka Navy Board of Management which comprises senior hierarchy of the Sri Lanka Navy.

The CNS will also take part as the Chief Guest during the Commissioning and Passing Out Parade of the 60th Intake Midshipmen scheduled to be conducted at Naval Maritime Academy, Trincomalee on 22 Dec 19.

The Sri Lanka Navy is a member of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) and participates in the activities conducted under the IONS construct. The Indian Navy regularly interacts with Sri Lanka Navy through the medium of Staff Talks, Annual Defence Dialogue and other operational interactions which includes Port visits, Passage Exercises, Training, Hydrography etc. In addition, both the Navies also participate in events/ fora organised by each other through nomination of personnel/ ships viz. Galle Dialogue, GMC, MILAN.

Other Activities

The seventh edition of Exercise MITRA SHAKTI– 2019 aimed at enhancing interoperability and operational efficiency amongst the armies of both India and Sri Lanka when deployed as part of United Nations peace keeping forces commenced on 01 December at Aundh Military Station, Pune..