The Offshore Patrol Vessels of the Sri Lanka Navy, SLNS Sayura and Sagara returned to Sri Lanka today (17th September 2017) on successful completion of ‘Sri Lanka India Naval Exercise – SLINEX 2017. The SLN ships left for India on 04th September to take part in the biennial joint naval exercise conducted between the two neighbouring countries. The returning ship, SLNS Sayura was received in accordance with naval traditions at the Naval Dockyard, Trincomalee. Meanwhile, SLNS Sagara which is currently undertaking a search operation en route, is due to arrive at the Trincomalee harbour.
The Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nimal Sarathsena, Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Fleet, Rear Admiral Kapila Samaraweera and a host of senior naval officers were present on this occasion. The Commander Eastern Naval Area and Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Fleet shared a light moment with the Commanding Officer of SLNS Sayura, Captain Lasantha Gamage with regard to the progress of the visit.
SLINEX 2017 conducted from 07th to 14th September focused on fleet work, seamanship, communication, replenishment at sea, Visit Board Search and Seize (VBSS) operations as well as helicopter operations.