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2 Indian warships anchored near SL

  
By Sunil Jayasiri

Two Indian warships INS Ranvir and INS Mysore  will be anchored just outside Sri Lankan territorial waters to provide security to the Indian Prime Minister and other high ranking officials who will be in Colombo to attend this week’s SAARC Summit.

“The two ships will only operate just outside the Sri Lankan waters and the Sri Lanka Navy will provide security in the Sri Lankan waters during the summit,” a top defence official said.

“They will be called in the event any emergency situation arise during the period of the summit,” he said.

The official also said the Sri Lanka Navy’s Off-shore patrol vessels and a fleet of Fast Attack Craft were already deployed to meet any emergency situation that arise during the summit. “The ships would stay until the end of the summit,” he said.

The ships INS Mysore a Delhi-class destroyer

and INS Ranvir a Rajput-class destroyer will be equipped with Sea King and Chetak helicopters.

The 6,900-tonne Delhi-class destroyer, with a 360-crew, for instance, is a power-projection warship capable of operating even in an NBC (nuclear-chemical-biological) environment, with a wide array of missiles and weapon systems.

Indian military bases along the coastline, like Ramnad in Tamil Nadu, will also be on high alert to meet any contingency during the summit, reports said.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Navy activated a tight security blanket with deploying a large naval fleet in the West coast during SAARC summit period. A senior navy official confirmed that a fleet consisting Off-Shore Petrol Vessels (OPV), Fast Attack Craft (FAC-Dvora), Inshore Patrol Craft (IPC), Fast Gun Boats (FGB) and newly set up Rapid Action Boat Squadron (RABS) will carry out sea patrolling around the clock.

In addition to the sea coverage, two boats team from RABS were also deployed for the inland waterfront security.

Two teams each consisting more than five boats of the RABS had been deployed in Diyawanna Oya and Beira Lake security.

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