July 25 (NIA) – A US naval ship, ‘LPD-18 USS New Orleans’, arrived in the Port of Colombo, in the Sri Lankan capital on Monday, to increase bilateral ties with the Sri Lanka Navy, the navy media unit said here.
The ship was ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on her arrival.
The US Embassy in Colombo, in a statement said that in addition to increasing bilateral ties with the Sri Lanka Navy, the ship willprovide U.S. support and training for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
“The 21st century is in many ways the Indo-Pacific century, and Sri Lanka is well-positioned to take advantage of its strategic location,” said U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap. “The United States looks forward to working with the Sri Lanka Navy as a key force for maritime security and stability.”
Approximately 200 sailors from the Sri Lanka Navy will participate in the two-day humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training, led by members of 13th MEU and experts from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
During the six-day official visit, the crew of “USS New Orleans” will also take part in an array of programmes organized by the Sri Lanka Navy.
The ship is scheduled to leave Sri Lanka on July 29, having conducted a passage exercise (PASSEX) with the Sri Lanka Navy.