Training aids to Sri Lankan Navy has been handed over by India
A close cooperation between the navies of the two countries India and Sri Lanka has been seen as an essential part of the overall bilateral engagement as India`s envoy gave training aids worth 22 million LKR (about Rs 81,00,000) to the island nation’s Navy for capacity building.
In a ceremony held at the Naval and Maritime Academy (NMA) Trincomalee, on Sunday, the High Commissioner Gopal Baglay, handed over the training aids to the Commander Eastern Naval Area of the Sri Lanka Navy during his visit to the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh had committed to provide training items to the Sri Lankan Navy. During a visit in December 2019, he had said that the Indian Navy would assist regional navies in capacity building.
In 2020, with a focus on supporting specialisation courses being conducted at NMA, Sri Lanka Navy model of indigenously developed Varunastra heavy-weight torpedo, working model of Light Weight Torpedo, Underwater Telephone, Gas Turbine cut Model, a model of HMS Trincomalee and Bathythermograph were delivered in Sri Lanka. These models were operationalised with Indian Navy, Sri Lankan Navy and OEMs from India.
While formally handing over the training aids, the High Commissioner repeated the importance of close cooperation between the two navies.
The library of the Naval and Maritime Academy was given books and Kindle e-books reader.
The High Commission said that the Indian Navy and Sri Lankan Navy have always maintained a functional relationship and the Sri Lankan Navy has been using the Indian Navy facilities.
During his visit to Trincomalee, the High Commissioner has also visited Cod Bay Fishery Harbor.
On 13 March 2021, High Commissioner visited the site of the proposed solar power Plant located at Sampur which is to be developed as a Joint Venture between India and Sri Lanka.
High Commissioner witnessed the impressive development of Lower Tank Farms through investments by Lanka IOC.
He also visited the Upper Tank Farm and was briefed about its potential and possibilities for development.