India gifts machinery parts worth LKR 120 million to Sri Lanka Coast Guard
This is indicative of the growing cooperation, camaraderie and friendship between the two nations
Continuing its cooperation initiatives with Sri Lanka towards maritime security and capacity building, India on Tuesday gifted Sri Lanka with machinery parts worth LKR 120 million.
The 650 machinery parts will augment maintenance capability of Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship Suraksha that was presented by India in October 2017, said a statement of the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka.
The machinery parts of the final consignment were formally presented to Director General SLCG Rear Admiral Gewman Ekanayake by Deputy High Commissioner of India Vinod Jacob at a function organised at SLCG Base, Waruna.
The gift comprised main machinery spares such as shaft and gearbox that would ensure prolonged utility of the SLCGS Suraksha, which is the only Offshore Patrol Vessel of Sri Lanka Coast Guard and the main stay of patrolling and surveillance undertaken by SLCG at sea.
The machinery parts will facilitate expeditious repairs, improved sea going capability and increased overall life cycle of the ship.
Earlier this month, during the High Level Meeting (HLM) on 22 June between Indian Coast Guard and Sri Lanka Coast Guard, the assurance of India’s fullest cooperation in the field of maritime security and capacity building was reiterated.
This is in line with India’s Vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) and the ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy; which further translate into capacity building initiatives with countries in the Indian Ocean Region including Sri Lanka.