Indian Naval ships Vikramaditya and Mysore are on an official visit to Colombo for two days from January 21. The ships are part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet based at Mumbai.
During the visit, the warships will have professional interactions with the Sri Lankan Navy for further enhancing already close co-operation between the two Navies. In addition, a number of sports and social engagements are planned, which are aimed at strengthening ties and mutual understanding between the two Navies. The ships will participate in a Passage Exercise with the Sri Lankan Navy.
The navies of India and Sri Lanka, close maritime neighbours, regularly interact during Exercise SLINEX, which is held every alternate year. Indian Navy also hosts a number of trainees from the Sri Lankan Navy in various professional schools. The current visit seeks to highlight the importance accorded by India to bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and to strengthen the existing bonds between the two countries.