Highlighted Lanka's and India's prowess

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    Highlighted Lanka's and India's prowess


    SLINEX 2011:
    By Ranil WIJAYAPALA in Trincomalee


    INS Shivalik, a frigate of the Indian Navy, the largest Navy in the South Asia region was sailing towards the sea from the Eastern port Trincomalee along with a fleet of ships and a fast attack craft with the light house located at the Foul Point in Sampur which became a theatre for many sea battles between the Sri Lanka Navy and the Sea Tigers in the past.

    Suddenly the smooth sailing of INS Shivalik, with many VVIPs on boards was disrupted as a flotilla of small boats came in an unusual speed with huge thump on the surface of the sea surrounding the frigate. The use of shimmering tactics by INS Shivalik to avoid the flotilla reaching closer to her, but could not stop the boats which arrived closer to the ship cutting the stormy waters created by the ship with their unusual speed.

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    Luckily it was not the terrorists who had surrounded the frigate but the sailors of the Sri Lanka Navy who had made this attempt to attack the ship recalling memories of the decades long conflict in which the Sri Lanka Navy had to engage in an asymmetric warfare with the Sea Tigers.

    If it was an actual sea battle where LTTE used explosive laden small boats for such missions that scene would have been a completely different one as such attacks were the deadliest one any Navy in the world was facing. Even the huge ship might have been damaged with such suicide mission boats.

    But what had unfolded in the seas off Trincomalee last Friday was only a part of the joint Naval exercise conducted by Indian Navy and the Sri Lanka Navy where the Indian Navy got a clear picture of the warfare the Sri Lanka Navy had with the LTTE Sea Tigers as part of sharing the experiences of the Navies of the two neighbouring countries.

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    The seas off Trincomalee created a theatre for this massive exercise with the participation of huge vessels, and fast attack craft and the sailors in action on board the arrow boats specially designed for to face small boat attacks by the LTTE during decades long conflict.

    SLINEX (Sri Lanka India Naval Exercise) - 2011 was the biggest Naval exercise Sri Lanka Navy and the Indian Navy were taking part for decades specially after the defeat of terrorism by the Sri Lanka in May 2009.

    Commencing from September 19 in the seas off Trincomalee, SLINEX continued for five days to see a successful ending on September 23 with the distinguished participation of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Indian High Commissioner for Sri Lanka Asok Kanth, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Somathilaka Dissanayaka and other senior Navy officials including Director General of Naval Operations Rear Admiral Perera officials witnessing the joint exercise on board the Indian Frigate INS Shivalik.

    Participating Indian Navy ships arrived in Trincomalee under the command of Rear Admiral HCS Bisht, the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF) of the Indian Navy.

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    Along with the Frigate INS Shivalik, three more ships INS Ranvijay, a destroyer, INS Khanjar, a missile corvette, INS Gharial a landing ship tank and six fast attack craft participated in the Naval exercise from the Indian side.

    From Sri Lanka Navy, Offshore Patrol Vessels SLNS Samudura, SLNS Sagara, Fast Missile Vessel SLNS Nandimithra, Fast Gun Boats SLNS Prathapa and SLNS Ranajaya and six other Fast Attack Craft participated.

    Commander Eastern Naval Area Rear Admiral Jayantha Colombage was in overall command of SLN ships’ activities. More than 2000 Navy personnel who had participated in the five day Naval exercise from both Navies shared their experience during the exercise.

    According to Navy Spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya the five day exercise was held in four phases covering a Harbour Training Programme at Trincomalee and a Sea Training Programme in the seas off the Eastern coast of Sri Lanka.

    “The exercises were focused on seamanship manoeuvres though Station Keeping by Distance Line and Jackstay, Maritime Interdiction Operations, Maritime Interdiction Operation (MIO) including Visit Board Search and Seize (VBSS), Search and Rescue (SAR) Demonstrations, Close Range Anti –air Firing , Asymmetric Threat Exercise,” he added.

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    “What we wanted to know from them is the way they are conducting operations as a professional and conventional Navy like India the biggest Navy in the Indian ocean region and what India wanted to know from us is Sri Lanka Navy’s experience on asymmetric warfare with the LTTE as the only fighting Navy in the world during the past few decades,” he added.

    “This joint Fleet exercise reflects the long ties of goodwill, friendly relations and mutual co-operation that exist between India and Sri Lanka.

    It is aimed at enhancing interoperability of the two Navies and exchanging professional knowledge. The exercise provides opportunity for both Navies to rehearse the concept of joint naval operations and enhance own skills,” he added.

    The preliminary discussions related to the multi dimensional exercise were held in India with Director General Naval Operations of the Sri Lanka Navy Rear Admiral Jayantha Perera heading the Sri Lanka Navy delegation assisted by Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet in strategic level planning.

    Navy Commander Vice Admiral Somathilaka Dissanayaka speaking to the media after the successful completion of the joint naval exercise said that it became a historic occasion for the Navies of two countries since it was the biggest naval exercise Sri Lanka and India held after fifty years. The commander said that the Indian Navy was very happy about the joint Naval exercise as they observe the operations carried out by the Sri Lanka Navy in counter terrorism operations.

    “Indian Navy is the biggest Navy in our region and we have lot of things to learn from them. At the same time we are depending more than 90 per cent on India to train our Navy personnel and Indian Navy has provided us the two biggest Offshore Patrol Craft we are having at present in the Sri Lanka Navy. So we have a very good relationship and this joint Naval exercise further strengthen our relationship and we have lot of skills to learn from them,” he added.

    The five days long naval exercise ended after an intense training activities in the sea off Trincomalee on the final day of the exercise and all the ships and Fast Attack Craft lined up to salute Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Indian High Commissioner Asok Kanth on board the INS Shivalik.


    Security News | Sundayobserver.lk - Sri Lanka
     
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    What this video has to do with topic ??

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    It highlights IN and SN prowess by allowing Indian trawlers to rape the livelihood of Lanka's fishermen.
     
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