Sri Lanka’s Trincomalee gets call by Indian Navy training squadron

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Four ships from the Indian Navy’s First Training Squadron will arrive Friday at Sri Lanka’s eastern Trincomalee harbour, a port call that coincides with a visit to China by the island’s president.

The ships from the First Training Squadron, part of Indian Navy’s Southern Naval Command (SNC), have been visiting Sri Lanka regularly, an Indian High Commission statement said.

"Their last visit to Sri Lanka was in April 2013 during which valuable training opportunities were provided to the Sri Lanka Navy."

The four ships, Indian Naval Ships TIR and KESARI, Indian Coast Guard Ship VARUNA and Sail Training Ship SUDARSHINI, are visiting Trincomalee from March 27-29, 2015.

The port call comes at a time Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is holding talks in China, whose growing influence in the island under the ousted Rajapaksa regime, caused concern in India.

India was particularly alarmed by two calls at a Chinese-operated terminal in Colombo port by a Chinese attack submarine last year.

Sirisena, who ousted Rajapaksa in the January 8 presidential poll, has said he wants to rebalance the island’s foreign relations and made India the destination of his first overseas state visit.

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