US Nimitz super carrier to visit Sri Lanka
Oct 27, 2017 15:15 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)
The USS Nimitz can accommodate more than 5,000 personnel, with its kitchens providing more than 18,000 meals each day. It produces 1.5 million liters of fresh water daily.
ECONOMYNEXT – The United States Navy’s Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka’s Colombo port for a planned port visit on October 28, reflecting the growing relationship between the U.S. and Sri Lankan navies.
It will be the first time an aircraft carrier has visited Sri Lanka since 1985, and follows the recent completion of the inaugural bilateral Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) naval exercise, the US embassy said in a statement.
The Carrier Strike Group includes the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, which can accommodate more than 5,000 personnel, the cruiser USS Princeton, and destroyers USS Howard, USS Shoup, USS Pinckney, and USS Kidd.
The ships are scheduled to depart Colombo on October 31, 2017.
“Building our maritime partnership in step with Sri Lanka’s own progress on reconciliation and human rights advances our shared national goals of fostering security and stability,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Atul Keshap.
It is estimated that the carrier strike group will add approximately 1.54 billion rupees ($10 million USD) to the Sri Lankan economy as the ships purchase supplies and thousands of U.S. sailors come ashore and support local businesses, the embassy said.
During the visit, sailors will have opportunities to explore the local community and meet with their counterparts in the Sri Lankan Navy. While in port, sailors will also work with local non-profit organizations to support community service events at a local hospital, an orphanage, and other sites.
“There is an excitement among the crew to experience everything Colombo has to offer,” said Rear Admiral Gregory Harris, commander, Carrier Strike Group 11.
“There is a sense of adventure and anticipation for this visit since few in the crew have previously been to Sri Lanka.”
The USS Nimitz is more than 23 stories high from the keel to the top of the mast and is approximately 333 meters long.
(COLOMBO, October 27, 2017)