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The United States said that growing military-to-military cooperation between the US and Sri Lanka reflects the progress Sri Lanka has made on reconciliation and justice.

“Our growing military-to-military cooperation reflects the progress Sri Lanka has made on reconciliation and justice.  As Sri Lanka continues to make progress in implementing its commitments to its people and the international community, this will form the basis of further cooperation between our militaries,” U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap said in a statement today.

The US embassy said that USS Comstock (LSD 45) departed Sri Lanka today following a week of exchanges with the Sri Lankan Navy and Marine Corps.  These exercises focused on improving humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts and coordination, the third such military-to-military exchange between U.S. Sailors and Marines and their Sri Lankan counterparts in the past 12 months.
 
“We hope to build upon past successes and do what we can to exchange best naval practices for regional security and humanitarian assistance, and to ensure a bright future for further bilateral engagements like this,” said Commander Bradley Coletti, commanding officer of the USS Comstock.
Approximately 325 U.S. Sailors and Marines joined 175 participants from the Sri Lankan Navy and Marine Corps as part of this exchange.  U.S. Marines embarked aboard the USS Comstock helped introduce the latest tactics and equipment for the Sri Lanka Marine Corps, including life-saving skills; convoy operations; humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training; and amphibious vehicle familiarization.
 
During the visit, the Sailors and Marines of the USS Comstock and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) also experienced the rich cultural sites of Sri Lanka.  In addition, military personnel joined members of the U.S. Embassy to donate toys and renovate children’s dormitories at the Ceylon School for the Deaf and Blind in Ratmalana. 
 
“We are grateful to all of the Sailors and Marines for spending a few days helping hearing-impaired Sri Lankan students at the Ceylon School,” said Ambassador Keshap.
 
USS Comstock, assigned to the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, and embarked 11th MEU are on scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet area of responsibilities.

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  • Justica USA... Saturday, 01 April 2017 02:18 PM

    LOL...I bet Afghanistan Iraq Libya Pakistan all say the same...typical American propaganda... via DM Android App

    ClaudePeries Saturday, 01 April 2017 04:36 PM

    The Americans are here for tow reasons . To offset the Chinese and to spy on the Sri Lankan military .

    John Saturday, 01 April 2017 05:35 PM

    Cooperation with the Americans is fine but an Indian representing America in Sri Lanka is not satisfactory.

    SAM Saturday, 01 April 2017 05:42 PM

    US AND THE WHOLE WORLD HAS TO LEARN A LOT FROM SRILANKAN FORCES HOW TO DEFEAT TERRORISTS AND DO HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE BECAUSE OUR FORCES HAVE DONE BOTH VERY WELL DURING THE WAR AGAINST THE MOST DANGEROUS AND WORST TERRORISTS IN THE WORLD EVEN THOUGH SO MANY WRONG AND FAKE STORIES CREATED BY LOST LTTE SUPPORTERS ALONG WITH SOME NGOS WHO HAVE NO JOB OTHER THAN CREATING BLATANT LIES FOR THEIR SURVIVAL. WELL DONE SRILANKAN FORCES U GUYS ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD BUT BECAUSE WE R A SMALL COUNTRY, BIG COUNTRIES DON'T WANT TO GIVE THE CREDIT TO U GUYS FOR DESTROYING THE WORST TERRORISTS BECAUSE IT IS A SHAME FOR THEM. THEY HAVE NEVER EVER BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT WITH ALL THE MODERN WEAPONS AND TECHNOLOGY. GOOD LUCK SRILANKAN FORCES U R GREAT HEROS.

    Sheri Saturday, 01 April 2017 08:30 PM

    Well said!

    Thanos Sunday, 02 April 2017 09:50 AM

    This has nothing to do with reconciliation and everything to do with US interests in SL especially moving away from Chinese influence and a potential military base in Trinco.

    JAN Sunday, 02 April 2017 11:31 AM

    Welcome US participation with SL can learn practically proved to entire world our professionals who defeated most ruthless terrorist organization in the world via DM Android App


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