President Maithripala Sirisena visited the INS Vikramaditya, India’s largest warship and aircraft carrier, at the port of Colombo.
The President was received onboard by Rear Admiral Ranveet Singh, NM, Flag Officer Commanding, Western Fleet and Captain Krishna Swaminathan, Commanding Officer of the ship.
On his arrival onboard, the President was presented a 50-men Guard of honour and was received with the playing of Sri Lanka and Indian national anthems by the Indian Navy band. He was then introduced to the senior officers of the warship.
The President walked around the ship and was shown various aviation facilities onboard. He evinced a keen interest in the functioning of the ship and her various aircraft.
The President signed the Visitors Book on completion of the visit.
44,500-tonne INS Vikramaditya is the largest and newest of the two aircraft carriers operated by the Indian Navy, and is equipped with a variety of integral weapons and sensors.
It operates a versatile range of high-performance aircraft, such as the MiG 29K fighter aircraft, KM 31 Airborne Early Warning helicopters, multi-role Sea King helicopters and utility Chetak helicopters.