India Gifted Dornier Aircraft to Srilanka for Naval Security

India Gifted Dornier Aircraft to Srilanka for Naval Security.

A Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft, which India sent to Sri Lanka on Monday, would help the island more effectively combat various issues. 

It includes smuggling, organized crime, and the trafficking of people and drugs on its coastal seas. 

The maritime surveillance aircraft transfer event, which took place on the same day as India’s 76th Independence Day, was attended by Sri Lankan President Wickremesinghe.

At the Sri Lanka Air Force Station in Katunayake, which is close to the Colombo international airport, Vice Chief of the Indian Navy Vice Admiral S N Ghormade, who is on a two-day visit to the nation with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo Gopal Baglay, handed over the aircraft to the Sri Lanka Navy.

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According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the aircraft would function as a force multiplier, allowing Sri Lanka to more effectively combat various issues, including smuggling, other organized forms of crime, and human and drug trafficking in its coastal seas.

According to a press statement from the MEA, “Induction of the aircraft is opportune in light of the ongoing threats to Sri Lanka’s maritime security.”

The donation will enable Sri Lanka to contribute more to the security of the whole Indian Ocean region. Speaking at the event, High Commissioner Baglay emphasized that the introduction of the aircraft would contribute to the development and prosperity of the people of Sri Lanka and India by fostering a peaceful atmosphere.

The donation of the Dornier aircraft highlights the two maritime neighbors’ cooperation in security and defense. According to the announcement, this collaboration is intended to increase Sri Lanka’s competence and capacity. 

It is consistent with SAGAR’s (Security and Growth for All in the Region) objective.

It also mentioned how the Colombo Security Conclave had selected naval security as one of its core pillars.