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Sri Lanka Navy Completes TRINEX

The first ever biggest naval exercise of the Sri Lanka Navy code named TRINEX concluded recently. Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage took the salute during the steam past held in the final phase of the exercise held in the seas of Trincomalee, while onboard the Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Samudura.

TRINEX has taken place at a time when the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) fleet is looking to expand in Sri Lanka’s maritime jurisdiction with acquisitions of more OPVs and new additions.

The Navy Commander said that events of this nature are not isolated but part of a broader strategic vision in enhancing Sri Lanka’s maritime capabilities and capacities in pursuing a long lost maritime heritage. “Fleet manoeuvres are not just about keeping to formations; it’s about planning, delegating, executing orders, giving orders and many other facets of navigation, seamanship and traditions of a professional navy,” the Navy Commander said. TRINEX commenced on 1 April to enhance the professionalism of the SLN fleet units and to provide training exposure to the Officer Under Trainees at the Naval and Maritime Academy (NMA).

The exercise was held in the Eastern Naval Area under the direction of Commander Eastern Naval Area (COMEAST), Rear Admiral Rohan Amarasinghe and the supervision of Director General Naval Operations, Rear Admiral Neil Rosayro.

The four-day exercise was held in two phases consisting of harbour and sea training. It was structured to ensure maximum training value for the participants.

The harbour training was focused on gaining theoretical knowledge and practical preparation for the exercise while Station Keeping By Distance Line (SKBDL), Jack Stay transfer, sea firing, Man Over Board (MOB) drills, visual & voice communication practice, towing and Visit Board Search & Seize (VBSS) were conducted during the exercise at sea.

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