India, Sri Lanka conduct naval exercises

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    India, Sri Lanka conduct naval exercises



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    Indian Navy’s destroyer Ranvijay preparing to sail out of the Trincomalee port to take part in the final leg of the joint naval exercises on Friday


    The Indian Navy gained from the Sri Lankan experience with low intensity conflict, while the Sri Lankan Navy learnt to operate more effectively in a multi-force environment on the conclusion of the biggest-ever exercise between the two Navies.


    The exercises, “SLINEX II,” which commenced on September 19 and ended on Friday, were aimed at enhancing interoperability.


    Involving 6 Indian state-of-the-art vessels of the Eastern Command, and over 1,200 Indian naval personnel, and 11 Sri Lankan vessels and an almost equal complement of personnel, the exercises were keenly watched by the international community and the diplomatic corps stationed in Colombo.


    “The Sri Lankan Navy has gained a lot of experience in asymmetric warfare, basically handling attack by small boats,” Rear Admiral H.C.S. Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Indian Navy, who commanded the Indian ships, told The Hindu. “We learnt from them how they handle these attacks,” he added.


    This manoeuvre was displayed to the press on Friday. A plethora of small attack craft from the Sri Lankan Navy “attacked” the Indian indigenous multi-role frigate with stealth features, INS Shivalik. The frigate first did zig-zag manoeuvres in a bid to throw the small boats off balance with its huge wake. When this did not happen, Shivalik relied on its awesome firepower to “silence” the small boats. Ideally a combination of small arms fire and manoeuvres work well: but that is as long as the small boats do not blow themselves up.


    The Sri Lankan Navy said the drill was expected to provide the opportunity for the neighbouring navies to rehearse the concept of joint naval operations and enhance their skills.


    The decision to increase mutual defence cooperation and to hold joint naval exercises was taken during the visit of Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar to Sri Lanka in December 2010.


    The first exercises were held about six years ago, said the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Ashok K.Kantha. In 2005, two Indian vessels participated in an exercise.


    But since the Eelam War IV intensified since 2006, the exercises, which were to be held annually, were put off.


    The one vessel that generated a lot of interest was Shivalik, which was commissioned in April 2010. It is a product of indigenous design, U.S. engines and a mix of Russian and Indian weaponry. The BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles are also part of its armoury. The frigate is part of the Eastern Fleet.


    The other naval ships which took part were Ranvijay, Gharial, Khanjar, Cheriyam and Coradiv, along with integral helicopters and a Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft.


    The Vietnamese Ambassador to Sri Lanka travelled from Colombo to Trincomalee to convey his wishes to the Indian and Sri Lankan Navy personnel, onboard the INS Shivalik on Thursday.



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    Looks like shivalik has become the center of attraction. Didnt know that shivalik belongs to eastern command.

    Could anyone tell me what the Kamav-27 helicopter doing in the exercise. Is that a Dipping sonar??.

    This is the exact reason why Armed forces needs to conduct friendly military exercises. Helps in experiencing with new warfare and testing strategies without actual combat.

    SLN has huge experience combating asymmetric warfare against Sea Tigers. Indian Navy could learn in how to deal with Fast Attack Boats from Sri lankan Navy, Could be very useful for them in operations to prevent Pirvacy in Indian Ocean and protecting our borders.

    The Whole SLN is based upon Fast attack vessels, Most of the ships are Israeli and Chinese variants.
     
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    Duh!! I think it's just an ego massage given by the IN officer. I really don't think SLN has anything to offer to India even if its low intensity warfare.

    The exercise themselves are nothing but a tool to humor the Lankans.
     

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