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Navy Commander’s official trip to Russia:

Bilateral naval co-operation enhanced

A memento being exchanged.
A memento being exchanged.

Sri Lanka Navy Commander Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva made an official trip to Russia at the invitation of the Russian Defence Ministry from July 27 to 30.

This was the first visit by the Navy Commander to the Russian Navy Headquarters in Saint Petersburg, thus paving a symbolic milestone on the way of the development of bilateral naval cooperation. Vice Admiral De Silva, accompanied by Captain G.S.H.E. De Silva, Aide and Secretary to the Navy Commander, and Lieutenant Commander D.M.R.E. Dissanayake, Coordinating Officer and ADC to the Navy Commander, participated at the Main Naval Parade, Russia’s largest-scale international ceremonial event at sea.

Organised on the occasion of the Russian Navy Day (last Sunday of July) and attended by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation - Commander in Chief of Russian Armed Forces, the Naval Parade represented an important occasion for 26 high level naval delegations, including 13 delegations led by Navy Commanders from Sri Lanka, India, Iran, Vietnam, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Brunei, Azerbaidjan, Algeria, Angola and Tanzania to meet with Russian counterparts, as well as bilaterally, to discuss the perspectives of naval interaction. The visit of Navy Commander Vice Admiral De Silva included a call on Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolay Evmenov, a working meeting with high level specialists in military-technical co-operation, and a detailed tour of a Russian patrol corvette which was participating in the Naval Parade along with 43 warships, submarines and cutters, including guests of honour from overseas such as Russia-built Indian frigate and Chinese destroyer, overarched by an air show of fighter jets, submarine chasers, helicopters and other aircraft interacting in naval operations.

On the margins of the Naval Parade, representatives of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Moscow - the Defence Attaché and the Ambassador’s Liaison met with Russian Navy Headquarters’ International Relations officers to discuss the upcoming visits which aim at advancing cooperation between Sri Lanka and Russia Naval educational institutions, including the first exchange visits between the Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee, and the Principal Education and Research Centre of the Russian Navy Admiral Kuznetsov Naval Academy, Saint Petersburg.

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