INS Nireekshak conducts diver training exercise in Trincomalee

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Indian Navy's Diver Assistance and Submarine Rescue Ship, 'INS Nireekshak' participated in the 'Diver Training Exercise' conducted from 15 to 21 September 2023 conducted at Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.

An Overview of the News

  • Diving teams from both the Indian Navy and Sri Lanka Navy conducted extensive dives in the port and sea.

  • Additionally, various interactions and training sessions were conducted between the crew of INS Nireekshak and Sri Lanka Navy personnel on topics of mutual interest.

  • Officials from the Junior Command and Staff College, Trincomalee visited INS Nireekshak and learned about its advanced diving capabilities.

  • Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral PS de Silva visited the ship and appreciated the support of the Indian Navy in training the divers of the Sri Lanka Navy.

Other activities during the Journey:

  • In addition to the training activities, a social outreach program was conducted at a school for underprivileged children in Trincomalee.

  • On the occasion of International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 16, 2023, a joint beach cleanup campaign was conducted at Dutch Beach.

  • A joint yoga session and a friendly basketball match with Sri Lankan Navy personnel were also organized to promote unity and well-being.

  • INS Inspector was open to visitors and more than 1,500 people visited the ship during its voyage.

  • The visit of the INS Nireekshak to Sri Lanka served to strengthen relations between the Indian and Sri Lankan Navies.

INS Nireekshak:

  • INS Nireekshak is a dive assistance and submarine rescue ship belonging to the Indian Navy.

  • It was built in 1985 by Mazagon Shipbuilders.

  • This ship was inducted into the Indian Navy in 1995.

  • It is equipped with two deep submergence rescue vehicles (DSRVs), capable of carrying 12 people simultaneously to a depth of 300 meters.

  • The primary objective of INS Nireekshak is to facilitate the rescue of distressed submarines and the training of divers.

  • It holds the national record for the deepest dive, reaching a depth of 257 meters.

  • In February 2023, INS Nireekshak received the Chief of Naval Staff 'On-the-Spot Unit' Commendation for deep sea diving and rescue operations in extremely challenging conditions.

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