Naqdi and Bayandor are Bayandor-class patrol frigates/corvettes and Tonb is a logistic combat warship assigned to Iran’s 50th Flotilla. The ships were ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) in accordance with naval traditions on their arrival.
The Iranian flotilla’s visit is aimed at reinforcing ties between Iran and Sri Lanka and also promoting peace and friendship culture.
The Commanding Officers of the three Iranian ships; Commander Behnam Hossainpor, Commander Mehdi Ahamadpour Samani and Commander Mohammad Bagher Rahnama called on Commander Western Naval Area Rear Admiral Niraja Attygalle at the Western Naval Command Headquarters. They held cordial discussions and exchanged mementoes to mark the occasion.
The crews of the visiting ships are scheduled to participate in an array of programmes including cultural and sports activities organized by the Sri Lanka Navy during their stay in the island and they are due to leave Sri Lanka on Feb. 19.
Pics by Dhananjaya Senewirathna