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Navy planning to purchase more ships

The Sri Lanka Navy is planning to purchase a number of ships essential for field activities under the plan 'Sri Lanka Navy 2025,' Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne said.

The Navy will purchase a ship in February 2017, he added.

Addressing a media briefing at the Defence Ministry, he said foreign Naval ship arrivals in Sri Lanka has increased rapidly during the past few months due to the peaceful environment in the country.

Twenty five Naval ships from nine countries including Russia, Japan, Australia, Bangladesh, Oman, India, Pakistan and China have visited Sri Lanka since last July.

Another six Naval ships from the British Royal Navy, South Africa, Oman, Nigeria and Malaysia will arrive in Sri Lanka in March 2016, the Navy Commander said.

He said Japanese ships have arrived in Colombo 52 times since 2009.

Sri Lanka has become famous around the world as a country which can provide security for foreign Naval ships. All countries including powerful states have already accepted Sri Lanka as a friendly country, Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said.

The arrival of foreign Naval ships is important in exchanging experiences among Naval personnel, knowledge development and obtaining foreign Naval training for Sri Lanka Navy personnel. It is very effective than sending a few Sri Lankan Naval personnel to foreign countries for training, he added. 

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