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Exercise SLINEX – 2023

Focus: GS III: Security Challenges

Why in News?

The 10th edition of the maritime Exercise SLINEX – 2023 recently began in Colombo.

Exercise SLINEX – 2023

Exercise SLINEX – 2023 is a bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian Navy and Sri Lanka Navy.

Background
  • SLINEX is an annual exercise, and SLINEX – 2023 marks the 10th edition of the exercise.
  • The exercise aims to enhance interoperability, improve mutual understanding, and exchange best practices and procedures in multi-faceted maritime operations between both navies.
Phases and Participants
  • The exercise will be conducted in two phases: Harbour Phase and Sea Phase.
  • The Indian Navy will be represented by two vessels, INS Kiltan (Advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette) and INS Savitri (Offshore Patrol Vessel).
  • The Sri Lanka Navy will have two vessels, SLNS Gajabahu (Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel) and SLNS Sagara (OPV).
Significance
  • SLINEX is in line with India’s policy of ‘Neighbourhood First’ and the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR)’.

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