The Indian Navy Chief departs Sri Lanka today after a series of interactions with the Sri Lankan Navy. Indian Navy Admiral Nirmal Verma visited Thalaimannar Pier (the closest point to India), KKS Harbour, Jaffna Town and also paid a visit to the Sri Maha Bodhiya religious site. He was also chief guest at a commissioning ceremony held in Trincomalee. Admiral Verma was also accompanied by the guided missile destroyer, the INS Delhi. It carries a complement of 410 men.
In separate news, India recently released 13 Sri Lankan fishermen caught in Indian waters during the tropical storm Laila, in May 2010. Their ships were damaged beyond repair and the Indian Coast Guard handed them over to the Sri Lankan Navy on June 30th. This follows the release and Naval repatriation of 22 other fishermen on June 21st.
As fishing areas open up post-war, territorial claims have been an issue, especially along the Indo-Sri Lanka International Maritime Boundary Line. Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has recently said that around 1,400 foreign fishing boats are poaching on Sri Lankan territorial waters.