India–Sri Lanka Annual Bilateral Maritime Exercise (SLINEX-23)

April 4, 2023 Photo(s): By PRO (Navy)

The 10th edition of IN-SLN bilateral maritime exercise SLINEX-23 is scheduled at Colombo from April 3-8, 2023. The exercise is being conducted in two phases: the Harbour Phase from April 3-5, 2023, followed by a Sea Phase from April 6-8, 2023. Indian Navy is being represented by INS Kiltan, an indigenous Kamorta class ASW corvette and INS Savitri, an Offshore Patrol Vessel. The Sri Lanka Navy is being represented by SLNS Gajabahu and SLNS Sagara. Maritime Patrol Aircraft, helicopters and Special Forces from both sides would also participate in the exercise. The previous edition of SLINEX was conducted off Visakhapatnam from March 7-12, 2022.

SLINEX aims at enhancing interoperability, improving mutual understanding and exchanging best practices while jointly undertaking multi-faceted maritime operations. Professional, cultural and sporting events, as also social exchanges are planned during the harbour phase to further bolster the bonds of friendship and camaraderie between both the navies.