India Gifts Spare Parts Worth USD 1.2 Million To Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship Suraksha

(MENAFN- NewsIn) Colombo, June 22: Indian Coast Guard Ship Sachet, an Offshore Patrol Vessel arrived in Colombo on June for a two-day visit. The ship brought essential spare parts worth USD 1.2 million gratis to Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship Suraksha.

On arrival, the Commanding Officer of the Indian Coast Guard Ship, Deputy Inspector General R Rajesh Nambiraj, called on the Commander Western Naval Area Rear Admiral TSK Perera and the Director General, Sri Lanka Coast Guard Rear Admiral Pujitha Vilthana.

The Indian Coast Guard Ship, in a ceremony, formally handed over the spare parts to the Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship Suraksha. The ceremony was graced by High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Santosh Jha, Secretary of Defence of Sri Lanka Gen Kamal Gunaratne (Retd), Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, Commander Western Naval Area Rear Admiral TSK Perera, Director General of Sri Lanka Coast Guard Rear Admiral Pujitha Vithana as well as senior officers from Sri Lanka Coast Guard and Navy.


The ship departed on 21 June 2024. SLCGS Suraksha is an Offshore Patrol Vessel donated to Sri Lanka by Government of India in October 2017. India has donated spare parts for the ship earlier in June 2021 and April 2022 and also provided assistance in refilling of Halon cylinders in January 2024.

Handing over of the large consignment of spares symbolizes India's commitment to support capability building towards addressing the shared challenges of Maritime Security in the region. It may be recalled that earlier this year Indian Coast Guard Ships Samarth and Abhinav had visited Galle and Colombo from 27 February – 05 March 2024. Visits by Indian Navy and Coast Guard vessels to Sri Lanka aim to consolidate camaraderie and interoperability between the two Navies and Coast Guards, in keeping with India's SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) doctrine and 'Neighbourhood First' policy. END



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