(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Indian Navy Ship Sharda, entered Colombo harbour on 23 March 2022 with the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) embarked onboard.
The Commanding Officer of the Offshore Patrol Vessel Sharda, Commander Yatish Badoutiya, called on the Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral AUC De Silva during the visit. Further, in line with the Government of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’ the Deputy High Commissioner of India, Mr Vinod Jacob handed over SLNS Sagara spares, provided on grant by GoI to Deputy Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Navy Rear Admiral AUC De Silva, in a ceremony onboard the ship on 24 March 2022. The timely availability of spares would ensure optimal operational availability of the SLN platform.
The ship also embarked Sri Lanka Navy manufactured 10 Tonnes Wave Rider Boat for transshipment to Seychelles for their Defence Forces. The efforts of the Indian Navy are in keeping with its core ideology of ‘Bridges of Friendship’, towards strengthening it’s relations with friendly neighbours.