Four Indian Navy vessels will arrive in Sri Lanka on Friday to hold a three-day training exercise for Lankan Navy personnel in the country's east coast.
Four ships from the Indian Navy's First Training Squadron, namely Indian Naval Ships TIR and KESARI, Indian Coast Guard Ship VARUNA and Sail Training Ship SUDARSHINI, are visiting Trincomalee from March 27-29, the Indian High Commission here said on Thursday.
A series of professional, training, cultural and sports interactions will take place between the ships' crew and Sri Lankan Navy personnel in the country's eastern coast, the Zee News said.
Ships from the First Training Squadron have been visiting Sri Lanka regularly. Their last visit to the island nation was in April, 2013 during which valuable training opportunities were provided to the Sri Lankan Navy.
The First Training Squadron, which comprises six ships including two sail ships, imparts sea training to Naval and Coast Guard Sea Trainee officers.
The ships of the First Training Squadron are the only ships of Indian Navy and Coast Guard where intensive practical ab initio sea training in seamanship, navigation, ship handling, boat work and engineering is conducted for officers over a period of 24 weeks, according to a press release.
The Training Squadron is headed by Captain S R Ayyar, Senior Officer First Training Squadron and Commanding Officer INS Tir.
The First Training Squadron is a part of Indian Navy's prestigious Southern Naval Command (SNC) headed by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Vice Admiral SPS Cheema.
SNC is the Training Command of the Indian Navy which conducts naval training for officers and sailors, including those from friendly foreign countries.
As one of the finest destinations for training, Indian Navy has trained more than 11,000 international trainees from over 40 countries in the last four decades.
Chinese are much more advanced trainers. We must get them to Sri Lanka for training.
Prem Nath Friday, 27 March 2015 08:45 PM
Time for the Chinese Air Force to be brought to the Hambantota airpot immediately.to counter Indian aggression.
Waco Friday, 27 March 2015 08:53 PM
China has a well equipped NAVY and we prefer to have them.
Prem Nath Saturday, 28 March 2015 02:00 PM
Its time to get the Chinese Air Force to Hambantota.
Waco Sunday, 29 March 2015 01:26 AM
Chinese are very sincere and dependable.
Waco Saturday, 28 March 2015 09:27 AM
When will they be leaving Sri Lanka?
Abdul Friday, 27 March 2015 05:06 PM
cant we reallly live without being slaves of india and china ?
Waco Friday, 27 March 2015 05:32 PM
This is a wastage of time. USA have modern techniques. We must get them down.
Lakshman De Silva Sunday, 29 March 2015 07:05 AM
India complaints of Chinese submarines comig to Sri Lanka but on a friendship mission and now India send Indian Navy.Sri Lanka must have a policy of equality and non alignment and never allow foreign military vessels arriving in Sri Lanka.Double standards!
nalaka Friday, 27 March 2015 01:46 PM
Mr Ranil(PM) why do you block Chinese Subs and allow Indian Navel Vessels
Waco Friday, 27 March 2015 01:55 PM
They who trained "Sea Tigers as well "?
Waco Sunday, 29 March 2015 08:33 AM
Ranil and Mangala you both were elected to powere by the people. But now you both IGNOR the public openion and act like a "Bull In A China Shop "
navin Friday, 27 March 2015 06:41 PM
because china is not closer to sri lanka. so its not a threat to them.
Waco Saturday, 28 March 2015 08:46 PM
We must get Chinese Air Force to Mattala, Hambantotato to train our Air Force Men andWomen. It must be a permanent Air Force Base.
Waco Saturday, 28 March 2015 08:50 PM
Mr.Mangala Samaraweera, at least now please understand that India is trying to isolate Sri Lanka and control. China is a sincere friend who stood by us whenever we need help. Be alined with China openly
Waco Saturday, 28 March 2015 08:57 PM
Mr. Mangala Samaraweera, you stop Chine Submarines Docking in Sri Lankan Sea Ports . Why? China is the only country we have ,to help us. Has India helped Sri Lsnka in any way upto now? They are trying to get the maximum from us. ultimately we will be without a country.
lankaman Friday, 27 March 2015 03:27 PM
We should not allow countries that fomented terrorism in Sri Lanka to hold military drills here.
Waco Saturday, 28 March 2015 09:16 PM
According to sinhala NEWS, this has been forced on us. Can Mangala please comment on this.
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