Visit of Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy


Vice Ad­mi­ral R.C. Wi­je­gu­naratne, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, was on of­fi­cial visit to In­dia from Jan­uary 29 to Fe­bru­ary 2, 2017. The visit was aimed at con­sol­i­dat­ing bi­lat­eral naval re­la­tions be­tween In­dia and Sri Lanka and to ex­plore new av­enues for naval co­op­er­a­tion.

He held bi­lat­eral dis­cus­sions with Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, and other se­nior of­fi­cials of the In­dian Navy. The Ad­mi­ral also met the Chief of the Air Staff, Chief of the Army Staff as well as the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of In­dian Coast Guard. He also called on of the Min­is­ter of State for De­fence and De­fence Sec­re­tary.

Naval co­op­er­a­tion be­tween In­dia and Sri Lanka has been tra­di­tion­ally strong, en­com­pass­ing a wide span, which in­cludes op­er­a­tional in­ter­ac­tions through bi­lat­eral ex­er­cises, train­ing, port calls, hy­dro­graphic co­op­er­a­tion, Spe­cial Forces in­ter­ac­tions, ca­pa­bil­ity build­ing and ca­pac­ity aug­men­ta­tion ini­tia­tives. Two ad­vanced off­shore pa­trol ves­sels (AOPVs) are also be­ing con­structed for the Sri Lankan Navy at the Goa Ship­yard Lim­ited (GSL).

The Ad­mi­ral also vis­ited the Naval War Col­lege in Goa and GSL be­sides in­ter­act­ing with Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing in Goa Area. The Ad­mi­ral fur­ther vis­ited the Train­ing Com­mand of the In­dian Navy based at Kochi, where he was briefed on train­ing as­pects. Dur­ing his visit to Kochi, the Ad­mi­ral in­ter­acted with Sri Lankan Naval per­son­nel un­der­go­ing train­ing in In­dia. Ear­lier the Chief of the Naval Staff, Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba had vis­ited Sri Lanka wherein he par­tic­i­pated in the 7th In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Con­fer­ence, Galle Di­a­logue 2016.

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