Digital Desk, Colombo. A two-day maritime operation between India, Sri Lanka and Maldives began on Saturday to tighten security in the Indian Ocean.
The Indian High Commission in Colombo said in a statement that the tri-lateral focused operations between India-Sri Lanka-Maldives, commenced at sea from 27-28 November 2021. The exercise under the aegis of Colombo Security Conference (CSC) is a pioneering effort to support efforts towards the pillars of maritime security. The CSC centric operations are aimed at streamlining the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and enhancing inter-operability among the three navies.
The Indian Navy is represented by INS Subhadra Offshore Patrol Vessel and P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft while SLNS Samudura and MNDF Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft Dornier are participating from Sri Lanka Navy and Maldives National Defense Forces respectively. The two-day operation is a platform for a coordinated maritime surveillance in the respective Exclusive Economic Zone to establish narcotics counter-narcotics, search and rescue at sea, aerial tracking and effective communications. The CSC was launched during the 4th National Security Advisory Trilateral Meeting last November with an aim to address common security challenges in the region and the Secretariat was set up in Colombo in March 2021.
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