Sri Lanka and India conduct air observation training

Sri Lanka and India conducted an air observation training exercise in the southern coast.

The Sri Lanka Navy partnered with the Indian Navy and Sri Lanka Air Force to take part in the air observation training exercise on a Dornier aircraft of the Indian Navy, conducted in the southern coast from 02nd to 05th March 2021.

Taking the wings from the Air Force base in Katunayake, a total of four training sorties were carried out covering the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the southern coast of the island, during the training deployment.

The exercise saw the participation of seven air observers from the Sri Lanka Navy and four air observers from the Sri Lanka Air Force.

“In the backdrop where Sri Lanka Navy continues to assist distressed fishing and naval communities in Sri Lanka’s search and rescue region (SAR), training exercises of this nature would pave the way to successfully respond to distress calls, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Air Force,” the Sri Lanka Navy said.

Further, the Sri Lanka Navy said that such exercises will enhance the mutual cooperation between India and Sri Lanka as key stakeholders for the security of the Indian Ocean Region. (Colombo Gazette)