26th IMBL Meeting held onboard SLNS Sagara
The 26th International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) annual meeting between the representatives of Navies and Coast Guards of Sri Lanka and India was held onboard SLNS Sagara at the Indo-Sri Lanka Maritime Boundary Line off Kankasanthurai on 28th April 2016.
The Sri Lankan delegation comprised of Deputy Director General of Sri Lanka Coast Guard Commodore Kassapa Paul and nine naval officers was headed by the Commander Northern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva. The Indian delegation was headed by Rear Admiral Alok Bhatnagar along with 8 Indian naval officers. Both delegations consisted of officers specialized in diversified fields.The annual Indo-Sri Lanka IMBL meeting provides an opportunity to exchange views and ideas with regard to operational effectiveness through common understanding of the Navies and Coast Guards of the neighbors. As far as the 26th meeting is concerned, maintaining effective maritime security in the region by integration of forces through co-operation, coordination and collaboration was the primary focus. Mementos were also exchanged to mark the occasion.