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Monday, 28 June 2010 11:49


Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy Admiral Nirmal Verma accompanied by an Indian delegation and Mrs. Madulika Verma arrived in Sri Lanka at Katunayake International Airport by an Indian Air Force Flight on 27th June 2010. They were warmly received at the airport by the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe and Mrs. Malathie Samarasinghe. Thereafter, the Indian Navy Chief was ushered into Colombo by a Sri Lanka Air Force helicopter.

 Commander Western Naval Area Rear Admiral Damayantha Dharmasiriwardena, the officials of the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka including its Defence Attache Captain Pradeep Singh and other senior Naval officers were also present at the airport to receive the Indian Navy Chief and his entourage.


Indian Navy Commander pays a courtesy call on President Rajapaksa


Indian Navy Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma paid a courtesy call on His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on 28 June. Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe and Indian High Commissioner Ashok Kantha were also present.


  Indian Naval Chief calls on Secretary Defence

Indian Naval Chief Admiral Verma paid a courtesy call on Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday (June 28) morning, at the Ministry of Defence in Colombo.

Discussions were held between the two officials to promote bilateral relations and mutual cooperation between the two countries while, enhancing security in the Indian Ocean region. Admiral Verma is on a five day official visit to the island nation, first by an Indian top military brass since defeat of the LTTE terrorist outfit. Exchanges of plaques were also made between the officials marking the occasion.

The Indian Naval Chief was also accompanied by Sri Lankan Naval Chief Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, Commander Western Naval Area Rear Admiral Damayantha Dharmasiriwardena including officials of the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka and Defence Attache(DA) Captain Pradeep Singh.
Indian Navy chief on goodwill visit meets Army Commander

Indian Navy Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma called on Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya Monday (28) afternoon at Army Headquarters.

His visit, a gesture of goodwill, meant to promote existing bilateral relations further, was accorded a Guard Turnout plus a Guard of Honour at the Commander's secretariat premises. On arrival at the premises, he was received by Lieutenant Colonel Sunil Ariyaratne, Commanding Officer, Army Headquarters Battalion. The visiting Navy Chief was later introduced to Senior Army Officers by Commander of the Army at the entrance to the main building. The delegation included several more India's senior Naval officers.

During his meeting with Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, the visiting Navy Chief exchanged views on bilateral matters of concern to both Sri Lanka Army and India. The visiting Naval Chief also received a brief account of the successful completion of the 30-year long war. To signify his visit to the office of the Commander of the Army, the visiting Navy Chief left his signature on the VIP book at Commander's secretariat.

Lieutenant General Jayasuriya, recalling past memories of the Indian support to the Army and the Navy thanked the visiting delegate for his country's stance on Sri Lanka's terrorist problem. Before Admiral Verma's exit, both of them exchanged mementos as tokens of memory of the visit to the Army Headquarters.

Chief of the Indian Naval Staff calls on Air Force Head Quarters

Chief of the Indian Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, called on the Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Air Force Air Chief Marshal Roshan Gunatilleke on 28th of June at Air Force Head Quarters.

The Indian Naval Chief was accorded a guard of Honour by SLAF troops at the entrance to AFHQ. The two Chief's next sat down for a brief informal discussion after which they exchanged mementos.

The Indian Naval Chief was next introduced to the Air Force Board of Mangement by Air Chief Marshal Gunatilleke. The event was concluded after the visiting dignitary was hosted to tea in the Commanders Board Room.

The visit underscores the goodwill and close ties between the Indian and Sri Lankan defence establishments.

Indian Navy Chief' visits  North Central  Naval Area


Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy Admiral Nirmal Verma visited the North Central Naval Area on 30th June 2010. He was received by Commander North Central Naval Command Rear Admiral Rohan Amarasinghe on arrival. Admiral Verma viewed a presentation on the activities of the North Central Naval Command and went to the Thalaimannar Pier on an acquaintance tour.

Thereafter, Admiral Verma proceeded to the Northern Naval Area and was received by Commander Northern Naval Command Rear Admiral Susith Weerasekera. He viewed a presentation on the activities on the Northern Naval Command and inspected the KKS Harbour. He went on a brief sight-seeing tour in the Jaffna Town. Admiral Verma arrived in the sacred city of Anuradhapura and paid his respects to the Sri Maha Bodhiya.

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