India and Sri Lanka Navy chiefs discuss boosting ties

Naval cooperation between India and Sri Lanka has been traditionally strong, encompassing a wide span which includes operational interactions through bilateral exercises, training, port calls, hydrographic co-operation, special forces interactions, capability building and capacity augmentation initiatives. Two Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPVs) are also being constructed for the Sri Lankan Navy at M/s Goa Shipyard Limited, read an official statement.In addition to New Delhi, the Admiral is also scheduled to proceed to Goa where he will be visiting the Naval War College and Goa Shipyard Limited besides interacting with Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area. Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy had talks with Naval chief of staff of India, Admiral Sunil Lanba in India today.The Sri Lanka Navy chief is on an official visit to India aimed at consolidating bilateral naval relations between India and Sri Lanka and to explore new avenues for naval cooperation. The Admiral would further visit the Training Command of the Indian Navy based at Kochi, where he would be briefed on training aspects and would also visit various training facilities/ professional schools.During his visit to Kochi, the Admiral would also interact with Sri Lankan Naval personnel undergoing training in India.The Commander, Sri Lankan Navy’s visit follows closely on the visit of the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba’s visit to Sri Lanka wherein he also participated in the 7th International Maritime Conference, Galle Dialogue 2016. (Colombo Gazette)

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