Goa Maritime Conclave– 2019 Inaugurated

October 4, 2019 – The Goa Maritime Conclave (GMC)-2019 was inaugurated by the National Security Advisor, Shri Ajit Kumar Doval, at Goa on 4th October 2019. Inaugurating the conclave, which was conducted by the Naval War College, the NSA, during his key note address brought out that the Sea, Cyber, Space are areas which would pose both opportunities and challenges for the future and hoped that engagements during the GMC would help build up on the opportunities and overcome challenges. The 31st edition of the Naval War College Journal was…

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SLNS Parakramabahu Commissioned in Colombo

August 22, 2019 – The vessel P 625, acquired by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) from the People’s Republic of China in a bid to increase the operational capability of the island’s sea arm, was commissioned as SLNS ‘Parakramabahu’ on a ceremonial note by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena at Colombo today. Religious dignitaries of all faiths including the Venerable Maha Sangha, Secretaries to the Ministries including the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Rtd) Shantha Kottegoda, the Ambassador to the People’s…

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Indo-Pacific Maritime Forces Kick off 18th SEACAT Exercise

August 20, 2019 – The U.S. Navy and maritime forces from 10 Indo-Pacific partner nations began the 18th iteration of Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) in Singapore, Aug. 19. The goal of the SEACAT exercise is to bring together regional partner nations to engage in “real world, real time” training designed to enhance partner nation ability to communicate, coordinate and counter illegal smuggling and piracy. The exercise emphasizes realistic training scenarios wherein exercise participants will practice identifying, tracking and boarding of vessels participating in the exercise. “This year, more…

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Coast Guards of India and Sri Lanka agree to strengthen co-operation in addressing maritime issues

August 20, 2019 – The Indian Coast Guard held a High-Level Meeting (HLM) with the Sri Lanka Coast Guard at Coast Guard Headquarters here today. The Indian side was led by Director General, Coast Guard K Natarajan, while the Sri Lankan delegation was headed by Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge. The meeting took place under the provisions of the MoU signed between the two sides for the establishment of a collaborative relationship to combat transnational illegal activities at sea and develop regional co-operation. During the meeting, both sides agreed to strengthen…

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Sri Lankan Navy P 625 Arrives at Colombo

July 8, 2019 – The P 625 vessel taken over from the People’s Republic of China on 05th June 2019, to increase the operational capabilities of the Sri Lanka Navy, arrived at the port of Colombo this morning (08th July 2019). The ship arrived at the Colombo harbour was warmly welcomed in compliance with time-honored naval traditions. Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Sri Lanka, H.E. Cheng Xueyuan, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, Chief of Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, Deputy…

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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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