SLINEX - 2023

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

About Exercise SLINEX - 2023:

  • Exercise SLINEX is an annual bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Sri Lanka Navy.
  • SLINEX - 2023 is the 10th edition of the annual exercise.
  • SLINEX-2023 will aim to enhance interoperability, improve mutual understanding and exchange best practices and procedures in multi-faceted Maritime operations between both Navies.
  • The exercise is being conducted in two phases, the Harbour Phase followed by the Sea Phase.
  • The Indian Navy will be represented by INS Kiltan (Advanced Anti Submarine Warfare Corvette) and INS Savitri (Offshore Patrol Vessel), while the Sri Lanka Navy will have SLNS Gajabahu (Advance Offshore Patrol Vessel) and SLNS Sagara (OPV) in the exercise.
  • SLINEX is in consonance with India’s policy of ‘Neighbourhood First’ and Prime Ministers' vision of ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR)’.


Q1) What is Exercise MILAN?

MILAN is a biennial multilateral naval exercise incepted by Indian Navy in 1995 at Andaman and Nicobar Command. Since its inception, the event has been held biennially except for 2001, 2005, 2016 and 2020. While the 2001 and 2016 editions were not held due to International Fleet Reviews, the 2005 editions was rescheduled to 2006 due to the 2004 Tsunami.

Source: 10th Edition of annual Indian Navy – Sri Lanka Navy bilateral maritime exercise SLINEX-2023 commences at Colombo