New Delhi: Indian Navy’s Sandhayak class Hydrographic Survey Ship, INS Jamuna (J16), commanded by Captain HA Hardas, arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 6 February. The ship has been deployed to Sri Lanka based on a mutual agreement to carry out Joint Hydrographic Survey off the South West Coast of Sri Lanka.
The Commanding Officer called on Rear Admiral Sisira Jayakody, Chief Hydrographer of Sri Lanka’s Navy and Rear Admiral SA Weerasinghe, Commander Western Naval Area.
Over the two month deployment period, the ship will carry out detailed hydrographic surveys and several shore-based survey activities. Sri Lankan Navy personnel will embark the ship during the conduct of the Joint Survey. Additionally, Sri Lankan Navy personnel will also be provided hands-on survey training during every operational turn in and around the port.
As a precursor to the survey operations at sea, several shore-based survey activities were progressed during the ship’s stay in Colombo harbour including familiarization visit of Sri Lankan personnel onboard, briefing on capabilities of the ship, and a Harbour Training Program for the Sri Lankan sailors.
INS Jamuna also hosted a meeting between Rear Admiral Sisira Jayakody, Chief Hydrographer of Sri Lankan Navy, other officers of Sri Lankan hydrographic department and Indian officers of the ship.