Diving teams of both the navies undertook extensive harbour as well as sea dives (Image courtesy: Indian Navy)
Indian Navy’s Diving Support and Submarine Rescue Vessel, INS Nireekshak departed Sri Lanka’s Trincomalee after a week-long dive training exercise with the Sri Lanka Navy.
Diving teams of both the navies undertook extensive harbour as well as sea dives. In addition, several interactions including cross training of personnel on various aspects of mutual interest were held between the ship’s crew and SLN personnel.
Officers from Junior Command and Staff College, Trincomalee visited the ship who were briefed on the Saturation Diving capability of the ship.
#IndianNavy Ship (INS) Nireekshak exercised with @srilanka_navy at Trincomalee from 14-21 September. The Diving Support Vessel provided training including diving at sea for SLN divers and engaged in a diverse range of social & professional interactions during the visit. pic.twitter.com/yyhwAxWDcw
— India in Sri Lanka (@IndiainSL) September 21, 2023
Rear Admiral PS De Silva, Commander of Eastern Naval Area visited the ship and appreciated Indian Navy’s support towards training of SLN divers. He also emphasised the need to exchange Best Practices and professional expertise between both the navies.
Apart from training activities, a social outreach activity was held at a school of underprivileged children in Trincomalee. A joint beach clean-up drive was undertaken at Dutch Beach on the occasion of International Coastal Cleanup Day.
In a display of unity and wellness, a joint yoga session and friendly basketball match were held with Sri Lankan Naval personnel.
The ship was visited by more than 1500 personnel and its Trincomalee trip has further reinforced strong ties between the two navies.