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India-Sri Lanka annual bilateral maritime exercise SLINEX-23 begins in colombo


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Visakhapatnam: The six-day 10th edition of IN-SLN annual bilateral maritime exercise SLINEX-23, began at Colombo on Monday.

The exercise is being conducted in two phases: the Harbour Phase from April 3-5, 2023, followed by a Sea Phase from April 6-8, 2023, a Navy release said here on Tuesday.

The Indian Navy is being represented by INS Kiltan, an indigenous Kamorta class ASW corvette and INS Savitri, an Offshore Patrol Vessel.

The Sri Lanka Navy is represented by SLNS Gajabahu and SLNS Sagara.

Maritime Patrol Aircraft, helicopters and Special Forces from both sides would also participate in the exercise.

The previous edition of SLINEX was conducted off Visakhapatnam from March 7-12 last year.

SLINEX aims at enhancing interoperability, improving mutual understanding and exchanging best practices while jointly undertaking multi-faceted maritime operations.

Professional, cultural and sporting events, as also social exchanges are planned during the harbour phase to further bolster the bonds of friendship and camaraderie between both navies.


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