Indian Navy Ships Arrive Trincomalee for Slinex-18

September 7, 2018 – Indian Naval Ships Kirch, Sumitra and Cora Divh entered Trincomalee, Sri Lanka to participate in the sixth edition of SLINEX 2018, a bi-lateral Naval Exercise between India and Sri Lanka, from 07 to 13 September 2018. The inaugural ceremony of the exercise held onboard SLNS Sayurala was attended by Rear Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF) of Indian Navy and Rear Admiral SA Weerasinghe, Commander Eastern Naval Area (COMEAST) and Rear Admiral Ananda Kumar Guruge, Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet (FOCNF) of…

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USS Anchorage Departs Sri Lanka

August 31, 2018 – United States Naval Ship “Anchorage” which arrived at the port of Trincomalee on last 24th Aug. for a training tour, departed the island on 28th August on completion of a successful tour. Sri Lanka Navy made customary farewell to the departing ship, in compliance with naval traditions.The crew of the ship which was on a four day training tour, conducted a joint training exercise with the Naval personnel of Marine Force of Sri Lanka Navy at the Marine Force Headquarters in Sampoor, on 25th August. During the exercise, number of…

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USS Anchorage arrives in Sri Lanka

August 23, 2018 – USS Anchorage (LPD 23) with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Trincomalee for a scheduled port visit, Aug. 24. During the visit, Sailors and Marines will have opportunities to explore the local area and meet with their counterparts during exercises with the Sri Lanka Navy and Marines. The visit is also an opportunity for U.S. 7th Fleet to explore local logistics support services for visiting naval forces operating in a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Part of a growing U.S.-Sri Lanka naval partnership,…

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USNS Mercy Departs Sri Lanka

Sailors participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) departed Trincomalee aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) May 9, bound for the mission’s fourth port visit in Nha Trang, Vietnam. “We’ve continued to build upon the partnerships we forged during prior Pacific Partnerships,” said Capt. David Bretz, PP18 mission commander. “The teamwork I saw between the Sri Lankans and all of our partner nations gives me great confidence that as we leave here we are all better prepared to respond to potential disasters.” While in port, Sailors from…

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USNS Mercy arrives in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

U.S and partner nation service members participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 arrived in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), April 25. The mission in Trincomalee will continue through May 8 and will feature Pacific Partnership doctors and medical personnel working side-by-side with Sri Lankan medical professionals to exchange best practices. Additionally, U.S. and partner nation service members will join their Sri Lankan counterparts in civil engineering projects, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) readiness seminars and public outreach engagements throughout the local community.…

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HMAS Vampire remembered HMAS Vampire remembered

The sinking of HMAS Vampire (I) and the loss of nine of her crew has been commemorated during a small ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. Personnel from HMAS Cerberus, including a catafalque party and bugler, and members of the Naval Association of Australia came together at the shrine to mark the 76th Anniversary of the battle that claimed Vampire, a ship of the famous Australian ‘Scrap Iron Flotilla’, off the northeast coast of Sri Lanka on 9 April 1942. Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Tim Standen attended…

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U.S., Sri Lanka partner for first-ever CARAT exercise

U.S. and Sri Lankan maritime forces will work together for the first–ever Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise with the arrival of U.S. Navy elements in Trincomalee, Oct. 1. CARAT Sri Lanka 2017 is part of a series of bilateral CARAT military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Thailand. The focus of CARAT is developing maritime security capabilities and increasing interoperability among participants. Skill areas exercised during CARAT include small boat operations, evidence collection, diving…

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Royal Navy Divers pay their respects to HMS Hermes

Two hundred feet below the surface of the Bay of Bengal the Royal Navy’s standard ‘flies’ on HMS Hermes for the first time in 75 years. Not since April 9, 1942 have Royal Navy sailors seen the outline of Britain’s first purpose-built carrier. Three quarters of a century after she was sunk by Japanese bombers, taking punishment no warship could survive, a ten-strong team of Royal Navy divers paid their respects on the battered hull of the Hermes. Joint training with the Sri Lankan Navy finally gave the experts from…

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