The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Khanjar which arrived in Trincomalee on 29th July 2023 on a three day formal visit, departed the island on 31st July. The Sri Lanka Navy bade a customary farewell to the departing ship in accordance with naval tradition at the port of Trincomalee.

On her departure, INS Khanjar conducted a successful Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with SLNS Sagara. In the PASSEX, Communication Training and Tactical Maneuvering Training exercises were conducted, and it concluded with the customary cheer ship salute.

During the ship’s stay in the island, the crew members of INS Khanjar took part in several programmes including a yoga and a beach cleaning drive, with a view to enhancing cooperation between two navies. In addition, a cross section of INS Khanjar crew witnessed a Visit Board Search & Seize – VBSS demonstration at the Special Boat Squadron Headquarters and a cultural show presented by the Sri Lanka Navy at the Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda Auditorium, Naval and Maritime Academy.

Meanwhile, personnel of the Sri Lanka Navy had the opportunity to visit INS Khanjar during its stay in Trincomalee. The crew members of the ship also took time off to visit some of the tourist attractions in the area.

Visits like these will play a crucial role in fostering collaboration among naval forces. Additionally, these visits facilitate naval exercises and training activities, allowing the exchange of knowledge and information about their unique maritime environments. This exchange can be particularly beneficial in addressing shared maritime challenges.