The French naval ships ‘Mistral’ and ‘Courbet’ arrived Tuesday at Sri Lanka’s Colombo harbor on a goodwill visit.
The two ships were welcomed in compliance with naval customs by the Sri Lanka Navy, upon their arrival.
The naval vessel ‘Mistral’ consists of 431 ship’s crew including 56 officers. Meanwhile, there are 157 naval personnel onboard ‘Courbet’ together with 18 officers.
The two ships are expected to stay in the country until 26th of this month and their crew is scheduled to take part in a range of activities organized by the SL Navy.
Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene made a visit to the French ships and was received by the Commanding Officer of the ship ‘Mistral’ upon his arrival at the ship. He was also accorded a guard turnout by the French naval personnel onboard the ship. During his visit to the ship State Minister Wijewardene had a friendly discussion with French naval officers. Before his departure the State Minister also signed the visitor’s book.