SLINEX over the years has helped both the Navies in understanding each other’s procedures and enhanced interoperability
The sixth edition of SLINEX 2018, a bi-lateral Naval Exercise between India and Sri Lanka, witnessed participation from the Indian Naval Ships Kirch, Sumitra and Cora Divh in Sri Lanka from 7 to 13 September 2018. The inaugural ceremony of SLINEX 2018 was held onboard SLNS Sayurala and was attended by Rear Adm. Dinesh Kumar Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF) of Indian Navy and Rear Adm. SA Weerasinghe, Commander Eastern Naval Area (COMEAST) and Rear Adm. Ananda Kumar Guruge, Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet (FOCNF) of the Sri Lankan Navy.
In addition to the three Indian Navy ships, one ship-borne integral helicopter and two Dorniers are also participating from the Indian side while Sri Lankan Naval is represented by SLN Ships Sayurala, Samudra and Suranimala. The exercise consists of two phases, with the harbour phase from 07 to 10 September 2018 at Trincomalee during wherein participants engaged in professional, sporting, and social interactions followed by the Sea Phase from 11 to 13 September 218 in the Bay of Bengal off Trincomalee that includes gun firings, communication procedures, seamanship as well as navigation evolutions and helicopter operations.
The SLINEX series of bilateral maritime exercises started in 2005 and since then five successful engagements have been conducted. SLINEX over the years has helped both the Navies in understanding each other’s procedures and enhanced interoperability. This edition of the exercise will further strength ties between the two maritime neighbours and contribute towards maritime security in the region.