India–Sri Lanka Annual Bilateral Maritime Exercise SLINEX-23 Underway

The tenth edition of India-Sri Lanka bilateral maritime exercise SLINEX-23 is scheduled at Colombo from 3-8 April 2023. The exercise is being conducted in two phases—the Harbour Phase from 3-5 April 2023, followed by a Sea Phase from 6-8 April 2023.

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 being 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 7-12 March 2022.

The Indian Navy said aim of SLINEX is to enhance interoperability, improve mutual understanding and exchange 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 the navies,” it said.


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