Committed to building bridges of friendship across the oceans, the Indian Navy sent survey ship INS Darshak to Sri Lanka. The vessel has completed a 2-month deployment to Sri Lanka. INS Darshak was deployed to Sri Lanka in order to complete the hydrographic survey of Weligama Bay and the Southern coast of the island nation. The results of the hydrographic survey have been handed over by Captain Peush Pawsey, the Captain of the ship to Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, the chief of the Sri Lankan Navy, reported news agency ANI.
The Indian Navy tweeted that the crew of INS Darshak also paid tribute to Indian servicemen who died while serving in the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka during the late ’80s. Last month the Sri Lankan Navy with help from the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard helped douse a fire on merchant ship MV MSC-Daniela. The navy dispatched two ships, namely, INS Ghariyal and INS Darshak to assist the SL Navy.
“The ship and its survey motor boats fitted with multi- beam systems were extensively deployed and the hydrographic survey data for more than 7,000 nautical miles was collected,” Indian Navy spokesperson Capt D K Sharma was quoted saying by PTI. The Indian Navy survey report is submitted to the Sri Lankan Navy a day after PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the island nation. PM Modi had emphasised on India’s deep-rooted relations with Sri Lanka in a speech yesterday.
As reported by The Indian Express, Prime Minister met Lankan President Maithripala Srisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the occasion of Vesak Day, to commemorate the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha. While In Sri Lanka PM Modi said the tenets of Buddhism are peaceful and can respond to the growing arc of violence. PM Modi said ”Lord Budha’s message hasn’t lost meaning in the last two and a half millennia’