Sri Lanka-India conduct joint naval exercise SLINEX-2013

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Sri Lanka Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel, SLNS Sagara has left for Goa in India to participate in a joint maritime naval exercise with the Indian Navy. The Joint Indo-Lanka Maritime Fleet Exercise - SLINEX 2013 commenced on Monday, 4 November in the seas off Goa and will conclude on 8 November. Sri Lanka Navy said the joint exercise is aimed at enhancing interoperability and exchanging professional knowledge. “It provides the opportunity for both navies to rehearse the concept of joint naval operations and enhance own skills,” the Sri Lankan Navy said. Indian Navy frigate, INS Teg and two Fast Attack Craft along with a Chetak helicopter are scheduled to take part in the joint exercise. SLINEX 2013 focuses on non-traditional threats that include maritime terrorism. As such maritime interdiction operations, Visit Board Search and Seize (VBSS) operations, Search and Rescue (SAR) demonstrations, asymmetric threat exercises and helicopter operations will figure prominent in the five-day exercise. Director General Operation of the Sri Lanka Navy Rear Admiral Neil Rosayro participates as the senior officer representing Sri Lanka and he is joined by Defence Advisor to the Sri Lankan High Commission in India, Captain U.S. Senevirathna.