Australia to conduct Naval Operations in Sri Lankan waters

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In a broader Indo-Pacific Endeavour (IPE) initiative the Australian Navy will arrive in Sri Lanka to conduct naval operations as well as to strengthen ties between the allied nations.

In a press conference held today (15) Australia has announced that four Naval vessels and 1000 Navy personnel is set to arrive in Sri Lanka as the first stop of their IPE program.

Acting Australian High Commissioner Jon Philip and Group Captain of the Royal Australian Air force Sean Unwin conducted the conference and provided a brief summary of the activities that those naval officers involved in the program will be involved in.

While two of the vessels will be arriving at the Port of Colombo another two vessels will be making their way to the Port of Trincomalee from 23 to the 29 of March 2019.

The programme is set to conduct humanitarian disaster relief programs within the country working together with the tri-forces to strengthen bonds while broadening their defence relationship with the nation.