U.S. 7th Fleet explores Sri Lanka logistic support with Trinco call
ECONOMYNEXT – A United States navy amphibious ship from the Seventh Fleet with marines on board called at the eastern port of Trincomalee for joint exercises with Sri Lanka’s navy and to explore local logistics support services.
The Embassy of the United States of America in Colombo said the amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23), with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, for a scheduled port visit Friday.
“During the visit, Sailors and Marines will have opportunities to explore the local area and meet with their counterparts during exercises with the Sri Lankan Navy and Marines,” a statement said.
“The visit is also an opportunity for U.S. Seventh Fleet to explore local logistics support services for visiting naval forces operating throughout the Indo-Pacific region.”
Part of a growing U.S.-Sri Lanka naval partnership, the visit follows the Sri Lankan Navy’s inaugural participation in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), which concluded August 2, as well as exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Sri Lanka, held for the first time last year.
“This visit and training will build our shared capacity to respond to humanitarian emergencies in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Robert Hilton, the temporary Chargé d’affaires of the United States Embassy in Colombo.
“We’re also excited to try out the air logistics hub concept which utilizes Sri Lanka’s strategic location in the Indian Ocean to ensure the quick availability of relief supplies, equipment and other material when needed by the U.S. and partner militaries and humanitarian organizations.”
The statement said Anchorage, which is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), and the 13th MEU are deployed to the 7th fleet area of operations to support regional stability, reassure partners and allies and maintain a presence postured to respond to any crisis ranging from humanitarian assistance to contingency operations.
"The Sri Lankan navy, host nation support team and the U.S. Embassy have provided tremendous assistance and cooperation in developing the first temporary air logistics hub concept in Sri Lanka," said Cmdr. Deborah K. McIvy, assistant chief of staff, Expeditionary Strike Group 7.
"Successfully leveraging local logistics support services will help standardize the process for future operations, to include supplying mission-critical supplies for HADR efforts."
(COLOMBO, 24 August, 2018)