India today offered to train Sri Lankan naval officers as part of ongoing defence cooperation between the two countries.
The offer was made by visiting Indian Navy chief Admiral D K Joshi when he called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Joshi is in Sri Lanka to attend the international naval maritime conference held in the southern port town of Galle.
The Indian Navy will offer training to Sri Lankan naval officers to follow the four-year Bachelor of Technology course that is currently restricted to Indian officials, a presidential release said.
The Sri Lankan Navy would be afforded priority though there was a great demand for this course from many countries.
The talks between Rajapaksa and Joshi centred on several maritime topics of particular significance in the Indian Ocean region, the release said.
Among the other topics discussed was the problem of combating piracy in the Indian Ocean towards which "the Sri Lanka Navy has made a big contribution", Joshi said.
He said that although incidents of piracy have seen a decline in recent years, Sri Lanka and India must continue to be vigilant.
Joshi travelled to several major maritime locations around Sri Lanka including Trincomalee, Mannar, the Jaffna Peninsula, Galle and Hambantota. (PTI)
Comments - 11
Mervin de Silva Saturday, 30 November 2013 09:52 AM
Oh, no. China will do a better job than these Indians!
Suq Madique Sunday, 01 December 2013 07:14 AM
peruman, make sure they do a better job on training the other navy because you know what happened to the last last other navy
sathyapala Saturday, 30 November 2013 01:17 AM
No ! Nooooo! Noooooooooooo!
Gamarala Sunday, 01 December 2013 02:27 AM
Do not send our troops to be insulted and harassed by the Tamil Nadu politicians. Send them to Pakistan for training.
Gon Banda Monday, 02 December 2013 07:10 AM
Already Jayalalitha is objecting and dancing the thovile. Why do we need to send our troops to this god forsaken country.
Lalith Sunday, 01 December 2013 02:56 AM
They should get trained from our Navy. This is a joke!
Suq Madique Saturday, 30 November 2013 02:19 AM
SL should refuse this invitation. We do not need to send our officers to be insulted and embarrassed by Indians.
nalaka Saturday, 30 November 2013 03:20 AM
Time to STOP going after India. Dont give them too much access to our country
Nihal B Saturday, 30 November 2013 01:47 PM
Indians are trying to mend the broken bridge.
Perumal Sunday, 01 December 2013 04:10 AM
If you do not want us to train your Navy, then we will train your other Navy.
Damsith Friday, 16 May 2014 07:04 AM
NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We can't rely on India for military assistance after they abandoned us during most needed times of Civil war and every time pakistan and china came to help us
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