Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed an Indian Coast Guard ship Shoor arrived at the Port of Colombo on Tuesday on a goodwill visit.
CGS Shoor is on a visit to Colombo from 04 April to 08 April 2017. The ship’s visit is aimed at furthering cooperation and interoperability between the Coast Guards of both the nations and to assist in capacity building of Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Indian High Commission in Colombo said in a release.
Upon arrival, the ship’s Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector General Surendra Singh Dasila paid a courtesy call on Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Niraja Atigala.
Interaction between the services of the two countries has seen a steady increase over the years with three ship visits undertaken by Indian Coast Guard to Sri Lanka last year. The operational exchange that takes place between both the Coast Guards has also served to build mutual trust and provide an opportunity to learn from each other.
CGS Shoor is an indigenously designed and constructed state of the art vessel that is designed to carry high speed boats for fast boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol. The ship is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to combat oil spill contamination at sea.
During its visit, CGS Shoor will undertake a day long sea training exercise for Sri Lanka Coast Guard officers and sailors on 06 April 2017. During the sea training, aspects such as search and rescue, pollution control will be exercised. In addition, a series of professional exchanges and sports fixtures have been also planned ashore between the ships’ crew and Sri Lanka Coast Guard personnel.
The ship is due to leave Sri Lanka on 8th April.
By: Colombo Page
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