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Indo-Lanka joint naval exercise ends

world Updated: Oct 10, 2009 16:36 IST
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An Indo-Sri Lankan joint naval exercise involving Indian warships that recently concluded successfully has provided the country's naval forces gain valuable experience, the Sri Lankan Navy has said.

"Strengthening the bilateral relations of the two neighbouring countries and consolidating the naval cooperation between the two friendly navies, the Indo-Sri Lanka joint naval training exercise concluded successfully on October 8," the Sri Lankan Navy said in a statement.

The three-day joint exercise saw INS Shardul and INCGS Varuna, which were sent on a goodwill mission, undertaking elaborate training exercises along with Sri Lanka Navy vessels SLNS Sayura and SLNS Samudura

Around 100 officer under trainees of the Sri Lanka Navy's Naval and Maritime Academy were involved in the exercise, codenamed 'Cadex 2009', which commenced off the country's western coasts on October 6.

On the direction of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe in close cooperation with his Indian counterpart Admiral Nirmal Verma posted the two Indian vessels on a goodwill mission here, the release said.