Commemorating the 77th Independence Day, a pivotal moment unfolded as India and Sri Lanka marked their strengthened relations with the arrival of an Indian Navy Dornier aircraft at Sri Lankan Air Force Base at Katunayake. The induction of the aircraft was held today which was graced by Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser to Sri Lanka President on National Security Sagala Ratnayaka and High Commissioner of India to Gopal Baglay. The arrival of the aircraft is under a turnaround of the earlier aircraft provided by India to Sri Lanka last year. The event showcased India’s commitment towards growth of the Indian Ocean Island as well as security of the region. The state-of-the-art Dornier Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft promises to enhance Sri Lanka’s surveillance capabilities and act as a force multiplier for its Air Force. Addressing the occasion, Mr. Baglay emphasized India’s dedication to capacity building and regional development, fostering a secure and prosperous future. He added that the shared efforts in maritime security, exemplified by the Dornier’s arrival, echo the “Neighbourhood First” policy, reinforcing peace and prosperity between the nations.