India and Sri Lanka begin Joint Naval Exercise SLINEX 2017 at Visakhapatnam

Sep 7, 2017 15:47 IST
India and Sri Lanka begin Joint Naval Exercise SLINEX 2017 at Visakhapatnam

Indian Navy and Sri Lankan Navy on 7 September 2017 began the 2017 Sri Lanka-India Exercise (SLINEX) at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The exercise will conclude on till 14 September 2017.

SLINEX 17 aims at reinforce strong neighbourly ties between both countries underscored by extensive maritime interaction and improved understanding.

SLINEX 2017 focuses on fleet work, seamanship, communication, replenishment at sea, Visit Board Search and Seize (VBSS) operations as well as helicopter operations.

The exercise will commence with a Harbour Phase, during which, the participants will engage in professional, cultural and social interactions.

The Harbour Phase will be followed by the Sea Phase, which will include complex operations including anti-piracy exercises, gun firings, cross-deck helicopter operations and anti-surface exercises.

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About Sri Lanka-India Exercise (SLINEX)

SLINEX series of bilateral maritime exercises was initiated in 2005 and since then four successful engagements have been conducted.

SLINEX aims to promote mutual understanding and provide exposure to both the Navies to each others’ operating procedures, communication procedures and best practices.

This allows the two navies to develop greater confidence to operate together during complex maritime missions.

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