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 Indian vessel on goodwill visit

The Indian Naval Ship Magar, part of the Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy arrived in the Trincomalee Harbour on April 10 to further training ties between the two Navies.

Commanding Officer of the ship, Commander Simon Mathai called on Eastern Naval Area Commander Rear Admiral Jayantha Colombage.

The ship hosted a reception onboard attended by the Eastern Provincial Council members, Sri Lankan Navy, Air Force and Army personnel, as well as civil society members. Indian High Commissioner Ashok K.Kantha, welcomed the guests. The INS Magar is a landing ship used in amphibious warfare by the Indian Navy.

The ship, based at Vishakapatnam on India’s East Coast, is the first foreign naval ship to call on the Trincomalee port in five years.

A Special Boat Squadron demonstration was also held. INS Magar sailed with Sri Lankan Naval Ship Samudura for a joint training exercise at sea.

About 115 Sri Lankan naval officer trainees and sailors were embarked onboard INS Magar.

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