Colombo: In a pioneering effort to collaborate efforts towards the Pillar of Maritime Security, a Tri Lateral Focused Operations between India-Sri Lanka-Maldives was conducted at sea last weekend.
The exercise under the aegis of Colombo Security Conclave (CSC) was institutionalized during the 4th National Security Adviser Trilateral meeting in November last year and the Secretariat was established in Colombo in March this year, said a statement of the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka.
The CSC Focused Operations are aimed at streamlining Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and enhanced interoperability amongst the three navies.
The Indian Navy is represented by INS Subhadra Offshore Patrol Vessel and P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, whilst SLNS Samudura and MNDF Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft Dornier are participating from Sri Lanka Navy and Maldives National Defence Forces respectively, the statement informed.
The two-day engagement hasd the platforms engage in coordinated maritime surveillance in respective EEZ for counter narcotics, search and rescue at sea, air tracking and establish effective communication.
The CSC Deputy NSA’s meeting in August this year evolved actionable engagements to achieve greater interoperability and understanding towards tackling common Security Challenges in the region.
Earlier, India, Sri Lanka and Maldives conducted the five-day joint biennial military exercise named ‘Dosti’, aimed at further bolstering friendship, enhance mutual operational capability, and exercise interoperability and to build cooperation between the Coast Guards of the three countries.
This year marks 30 years since the initiation of the India, Sri Lanka and Maldives joint military exercise.