Sri Lanka and US Navy train to work together for Indian Ocean security
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka and US Navy task forces had started training exercises in the seas off the island’s east to work together in maritime security in the Indian Ocean.
"The week-long exercise enhances maritime security skills and operational cohesiveness among participating forces," the US embassy in Colombo said in a statement.
"It also builds relationships between military participants through community development projects, sports, and social events."
CARAT training encompasses small boat operations, evidence collection, diving procedures, and anti-terrorism security.
Sri Lanka has become the latest country to join the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise with US after Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand.
"The U.S. Navy is pleased to add Sri Lanka to our list of CARAT partners in 2017 as part of our larger efforts to expand both bilateral and multilateral maritime security engagement across the Indo-Pacific region," Commodore Robert Baughman, Commander, Task Force-75 was quoted as saying.
U.S. Navy assets participating CARAT Sri Lanka 2017 include Commander, Task Group 75.5, Coastal Riverine Group 1, Underwater Construction Team 2 and U.S. Marines with Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific in Trincomalee Sri Lanka.
Closer co-opeation between US and Sri Lankan military forces come as China is taking control of a port in in Southern Sri Lanka. (Colombo/Oct05/2018)