Colombo: INS Darshak of the Eastern Naval Command, which has been on a 2-month deployment to Sri Lanka, has successfully completed a hydrographic survey of the Weligama Bay and one for the southern coast of that country. Captain Peush Pawsey, Commanding Officer, INS Darshak, handed over formally the result of the survey to Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne, WV, RWP & Bar, RSP, VSV, USP, ndc, psn, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, in a ceremony held in Colombo on 12 May.
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The survey operations were undertaken in 3 phases. The ship visited Colombo and Galle Harbour, too. The ship and its survey motor boats fitted with multi-beam systems were extensively deployed. The hydrographic survey data for more than 7,000 nautical miles was collected. INS Darshak’s integral Chetak helicopter participated in the operations.
The officers and sailors of Sri Lanka Navy had embarked ship during the conduct of the joint survey operations. Their Indian counterparts imparted training to them on various aspects of hydrographic surveying. In addition, the sailors of both the navies interacted during the ship’s stay in Colombo and Galle. They played friendly football, volleyball and basketball matches. Beach cleaning drives were part of the interaction.
INS Darshak of Indian Navy has the unique distinction of having surveyed in Mauritius, Seychelles, Myanmar, Mozambique and Tanzania in the last few years. The successful completion of the maiden joint hydrographic survey with Sri Lanka Navy marks a new beginning in the bilateral relations between the 2 countries.
Letting the Navy of another country conduct such a survey in one’s territory shows the extent of trust Sri Lanka has developed in India over the recent past.