Indo-Pacific Endeavour Joint Task Force returns to Australia

May 26, 2019 – The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force has returned to Australia following a three-month regional engagement mission to South and South East Asia. The flagship HMAS Canberra will anchor off Darwin tomorrow, having visited seven nations since March 2019 during the third IPE iteration since its inception in 2017. Chief of Joint Operations, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, said this third iteration of IPE was one of the most ambitious regional engagement activities undertaken by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). “With four ships and various…

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Ex-USCG Sherman sails into new home territory

May 12, 2019 – Ex-United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Sherman taken over by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) from the US government, arrived at the port of Colombo today (12th May). The vessel acquired by the Sri Lanka Navy from the US government in a bid to increase the operational capability of the island’s sea arm, arrived at the port of Colombo around 10.00 a.m. this morning. Sri Lanka Navy welcomed the newly arrived platform in compliance with naval traditions on the harbor premises. The ship is commanded by…

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IPE19 Prepares for EOD Training Activities with Regional Partners

March 26, 2019 – As the INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR Task Force approached Sri Lanka, Australian Navy and Army teams prepared for diving, demolition and explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) training with regional partners. Platoon commander of the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) embarked in Canberra for IPE19, Army Lieutenant Benjamin Selby, said the activity would encompass a wide range of joint training activities in preparation for military training serials with regional partners. “Working with our enabling partners drawn from across the ADF allows the IPE Task Force to deliver a world-class…

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Australia and Sri Lanka to Forge Stronger Ties

Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) is Australia’s largest ever Defence engagement activity with Sri Lanka. At the helm of IPE 19 is Commander Joint Task Force 661, Air Commodore Rick Owen. Air Commodore Owen said the Indo-Pacific engagement is a Joint Task Force which includes around 1,200 Australian Defence Force personnel from the Navy, Army and Air Force. The Joint Task Force will visit Colombo and Trincomalee. “What people will see is the Royal Australian Navy and their four ships visiting ports in Sri Lanka,” Air Commodore Owen said. “But…

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Search for Vampire to begin off Sri Lanka

March 8, 2019 – One of the remaining maritime mysteries of the Second World War may soon be solved, thanks to a joint operation between the Royal Australian Navy and the Sri Lankan Navy. Nine sailors died when the destroyer, HMAS Vampire (I), sank after enduring an intensive Japanese air attack off the Sri Lankan coast. Vampire had been attempting to protect the Royal Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Hermes, on 9 April 1942. Commander of Australia’s Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead said the ship’s precise location had never been confirmed…

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USS John C. Stennis Transfers Supplies from Sri Lanka

January 23, 2019 – USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) received supplies as part of a temporary cargo transfer initiative in Sri Lanka, beginning Jan. 24. A C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery aircraft from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 (VRC-30) operated from Bandaranaike International Airport near Colombo. The C-2A received a variety of supplies transferred earlier in the week from a U.S. Navy C-40A Clipper logistics aircraft and then flown back to John C. Stennis. Supplies included spare parts, tools, personal mail, paper goods, and other items. “Support services went…

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USS Rushmore Makes Port Call to Colombo

December 21, 2018 – USS Rushmore (LSD 47), with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka, for a scheduled port visit Dec. 21. During the visit, Sailors and Marines will have opportunities to explore the local area and visit historical sites in Sri Lanka. Part of a growing U.S.-Sri Lanka naval partnership, the visit marks the second port visit by a ship assigned to the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) following USS Anchorage’s visit to Trincomalee, Sri Lanka in August. Additionally the visit follows the…

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USS John C. Stennis Leverages Logistics Hub in Sri Lanka

December 6, 2018 – Taking advantage of a growing naval partnership with Sri Lanka, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) established a logistics hub in Sri Lanka to receive support, supplies and services at sea. A C-2 Greyhound carrier onboard delivery aircraft accessed the hub’s strategic location before bringing supplies to John C. Stennis. Established on a temporary basis in the island nation, the hub provides logistics support to U.S. Navy ships operating in the Indian Ocean. The temporary air logistics hub concept allows for the…

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Two JMSDF Ships Arrive at Colombo

September 30, 2018 – Two ships – ‘Kaga’ and ‘Inazuma’ belonging to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit today. The vessels were received by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions upon their arrival. ‘Kaga’ is a 248m long vessel with a displacement of 19,950 tons. Its crew is consisted of 400 naval personnel. Meanwhile ‘Inazuma’ is 151m in length with a displacement of 4,550 tons. It is manned by a crew of 170. The crew members of…

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Regional Ties Strengthened As Exercise Kakadu Wraps Up In the Top End

September 13, 2018 – Exercise KAKADU 2018, Australia’s largest multilateral maritime and air exercise, drew to a close in Darwin today, after a fortnight of activities aimed at enhancing regional maritime security. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said KAKADU was a military highpoint for Australia as well as a significant diplomatic achievement, with this year’s exercise involving 23 ships, 21 aircraft, a submarine and 3000 personnel from 27 visiting nations. “The size and success of KAKADU is evidence of Australia’s growing reputation as a trusted and capable…

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KRI Sultan Hasanuddin Visits Colombo September 8-10

September 10, 2018 – Indonesian Naval Ship ‘Kri Sultan Hasanuddin’ which arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit on 08th September, left for her remaining sailing itinerary from Colombo today on completion of a successful tour. Sri Lanka Navy bade farewell to the departing vessel in accordance with naval traditions. A group of officials from the Embassy of Indonesia in Colombo was also present on the occasion.  During her 3 day visit in Sri Lanka, the ship’s crew visited some of the popular tourist attractions in the country and…

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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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Sri Lanka Navy Ceremonially Takes Over USCGC Sherman in Honolulu

August 28, 2018 – The Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe officially took over the Ex-USCG “Sherman” into Sri Lanka Navy in a ceremony held at Honolulu, Hawaii, United States yesterday (27th August). The name for the new ship has yet to be announced. The USCGC “Sherman” is the second US Coast Guard Ship provided to SLN by the US government after a lapse of time where the initial vessel provided is presently serving as SLNS Samudura in the SL Naval fleet. The USCGC Sherman is a 115m long ship…

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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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