India’s largest naval ship, the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya visited Colombo last week. INS Vikramaditya was accompanied by a destroyer, INS Mysore. The ships were transiting from the West Coast of India to the city of Visakhapatnam on the East Coast of India to participate in the International Fleet Review being hosted by the Indian Navy next month. Naval ships from more than 25 countries, including Sri Lanka, will be participating in this prestigious event.
The visit to Colombo by INS Vikramaditya was its maiden overseas port call after its arrival in India two years ago, and is a manifestation of the close maritime cooperation and mutual trust between India and Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena stepped on board of INS Vikramaditya on January 23, 2016.