COLOMBO – INS Karanj, an Indian Navy submarine arrived on a two-day visit to Colombo, on Saturday (3) and was received ceremonially by the Officer of the Guard of Sri Lanka Navy.
The High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka, Santosh Jha, visited the submarine on Saturday and interacted with the Commanding officer, Commander Arunabh and his crew. During the stay, Arunabh is scheduled to call on the Commander of the Western Naval Area Rear Admiral Saman Perera at Western Naval Headquarters.
On Saturday, around 100 nominated personnel from the Sri Lanka Navy were also briefed about the Submarine onboard.
INS Karanj is the third Kalveri class submarine commissioned into the Indian Navy on March 10, 2021. This is the first foreign port call of the vessel since its commissioning. Previously, another Kalveri class submarine INS Vagir visited Colombo in relation to the International Day of Yoga in June 2023.
The visit is an Operational Turn Around (OTR), wherein the submarine will replenish fuel and provision. The crew will recuperate and have the opportunity of visiting places of interest in Colombo and Galle. The submarine will depart the island on Monday (5)