Defence News India: Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh visited Sri Lanka to consolidate and enhance the bilateral maritime relations between the two countries. During his visit Admiral Karambir Singh held talks with KKVPH De Silva, the Commander of Sri Lanka Navy and other services chiefs and senior government officials to enhance mutual understanding on strategic issues. As an immediate neighbour, Sri Lanka is crucial for India’s maritime security in the Indian Ocean region as rival naval powers set to expand their influence in the region.
The Sri Lanka Navy is a member of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) and participates in the activities conducted under the IONS construct.
The Indian Navy regularly interacts with Sri Lanka Navy through the medium of Staff Talks, Annual Defence Dialogue and other operational interactions which includes Port visits, Passage Exercises, Training, Hydrography etc.
In addition, both the Navies also participate in events and forums organised by each other through nomination of personnel and ships such as Galle Dialogue, GMC, and MILAN.
Indian and Sri Lankan armies recently conducted a joint military exercise Mitra Shakti (Friendly Power) in southern state of Maharashtra.