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Monday, 25 October 2010 04:46

The Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe arrived New Delhi on October 19, for a 8-day Official Visit on the invitation of the Chief of Indian Navy staff, Admiral Nirmal Verma. This visit marked another milestone of the close naval relationship between the two Navies as well as the defence cooperation between the two countries.

Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe’s visit is the third such among the Service Chief’s of the two countries in the year 2010 alone in which two Indian Service Chief’s visited Sri Lanka. Indian Naval Chief paid a visit in July whilst the Chief of Army Staff, General VK Singh visited in September marking the close defence relations enjoyed by two countries. Sri Lankan Navy chief called on the Indian Service Chief’s during his visit. Vice admiral Samarasinghe paid a courtesy call on Honourable Minister of Defence, Shri A K Anthony and met senior officials of the Indian Security establishment accompanied by The High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam. The High Commissioner hosted a dinner in honour of the visiting Navy Chief of Sri Lanka and Indian Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma at the Residence on the first day of the visit .

He has also attended the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the National Defence College (NDC) as an alumina of the prestigious institution. He is one of the serving Chief’s produced by the NDC and the function was presided by the President of India on 21st Oct 2010. Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe attended the 45th Course at NDC in year 2005 along with the present King of Bhutan when he was the crown prince. 

The Navy Commander is scheduled to travel to several naval facilities. In Vishakapatnam he will visit the eastern fleet and also scheduled to visit the Garden Reach Shipyard in Kolkata to review the refit programme of the Sri Lankan Naval vessel. His visit to Southern Naval Command in Kochi has a special significance as he will be interacting with the Indian Naval training Establishment in which he was trained as a young Lieutenant in 1981.

The visit is undertaken in the backdrop of series of interactions between the two Navies aimed at enhancing naval relations and cooperation and in the context of several Indian naval vessels making goodwill missions to Sri Lankan Ports in western & eastern coastline for series of exercises.