India’s largest naval ship, the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, arrived in Colombo on Thursday on a three-day visit at the Colombo Port.
The carrier is accompanied by a destroyer, INS Mysore, which is an Indian Frontline missile destroyer.
The visit to Colombo by INS Vikramaditya is its maiden overseas port call after its arrival in India two years ago, and is a manifestation of the close maritime cooperation and mutual trust between India and Sri Lanka, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said in a statement.
The ship is the largest and newest of the two aircraft carriers operated by the Indian Navy, and is equipped with a variety of integral weapons and sensors.
During their stay in Colombo, the crew of the ships will have professional interactions with Sri Lanka Navy personnel.
In addition, a number of sports and social engagements are planned, which are aimed at strengthening ties and mutual understanding between the two navies.
While departing Colombo, the ships will participate in a passage exercise with the Sri Lanka Navy.