INS ‘Batti Malv’ arrives at port of Trincomalee on official visit

The Indian Naval Ship (INS) ‘Batti Malv’ arrived at the Port of Trincomalee on a formal visit this morning (16th May 2023). The visiting ship was welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in compliance with naval traditions.

INS ‘Batti Malv’ is a 46m long ship which is manned by a crew of 101. She is commanded by Lieutenant Commander MAN Singh M Mane. The Commanding Officer of the ship called on Commander Eastern Naval Area and Commandant Volunteer Naval Force, Rear Admiral Dammika Kumara at the Eastern Naval Command Headquarters today. Meanwhile, the ship’s crew was engaged in a Visit Board Search & Seize (VBSS) training exercise at the Special Boat Squadron Headquarters in Trincomalee.

During the ship’s stay, the crew will take part in several programmes organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, with a view to promoting cooperation and goodwill between two navies. They are also expected to go on a sightseeing excursion in Trincomalee.

Concluding her official visit, ‘Batti Malv’ will depart the island on 17th May and she is expected to engage in a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with a ship of the Sri Lanka Navy off Trincomalee.