Commander of the Navy Visits Southern Naval Command in Kochi, India

The Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne completing his five – day official tour in India visited the Southern Naval Command in Kochi today (2).

During this visit, the Commander of the Navy met with the Flag Officer Commanding Chief Southern Naval Command (FOC-in-C, South), Vice Admiral AR Karve , AVSM and Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST), South , Rear Admiral MA Hampiholi, NM as well.

Whilst the cordial discussions held with  Rear Admiral MA Hampiholi, Vice Admiral Wijegunaratne shed light on the present stance of the Sri Lanka Navy which is in a period of transition, changing from Fast Attack Craft operations into operating Offshore Patrol Vessels with high hopes towards future. As such, he requested all assistance in realizing that hope in terms of providing constant training for Sri Lankan officers and sailors in operating Offshore Patrol Vessels.

As part of this tour, the Commander of the Navy also took time off to visit the Joint Operation Command and Anti Submarine School in Kochi.

Moreover, he shared a light moment with the Sri Lankan naval officers and sailors undergoing training there. Coincidently, the Anti Submarine School in Kochi happened to be the place where the Commander of the Navy completed his Anti Submarine Warfare specialization in 1989.

On completion of a very successful five-day official visit, the Commander of the Navy returned to Sri Lanka this evening.