US Navy conducts temporary cargo transfer initiative in SL

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The US Navy will perform a transfer operation to move cargo between planes at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), outside Colombo, from January 21 to 29, the US Embassy said today.

In a statement, it said this is part of a larger temporary cargo transfer initiative that promotes Sri Lanka's efforts to become a regional hub for logistics and commerce.

“The January transfers will contribute approximately Rs.25 million to the country’s economy. This is the third iteration of the temporary cargo transfer initiative. It follows two successful transfers that took place in August 2018 at the BIA and Trincomalee and in December 2018 at the BIA,” it said.

US Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz said Sri Lanka's leaders have outlined their vision for the country’s regional engagement which reflects its location at the nexus of the Indo-Pacific and seizes the opportunities that this unique position presents.

“We are happy to support this vision through a range of mutually beneficial initiatives, such as contracting Sri Lankan services and goods to support US military and commercial vessels that often transit the Indo-Pacific’s busy sea lanes,” she said.

Under the initiative, several US naval aircraft are scheduled to land and depart from the commercial airport, bringing in a variety of non-lethal supplies. The supplies will be transferred between planes and then flown to the USS John C. Stennis at sea.

Supplies may include personal mail for sailors, paper goods, spare parts and tools, and other items. No cargo, military equipment, or personnel associated with this initiative will remain in Sri Lanka after the completion of the cargo transfer.

The statement said US-Sri Lanka security cooperation encompasses a variety of joint exercises and training that has developed the skills and inter-operability of both countries.

“This cooperation was designed by both countries to address our mutual security interests, such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and maritime domain awareness,” it said.

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  • Kumara Thursday, 24 January 2019 12:24 AM

    They may plant listening devices, surveillance gadgets. Watch out.

    Edward Theophilus Thursday, 24 January 2019 02:13 AM

    It is not a matter for politics. II is US interest. f Sri Lanka is in a such a capacity it will do a similar thing. It may be an interested topic to press but not an importanttopic ordinary people

    Asoka Thursday, 24 January 2019 04:52 AM

    I hope they can take Ranil with them and drop him off at sea

    bo Thursday, 24 January 2019 05:13 AM

    yes go on be an imperialistic lackey. They will take over your country at will when the time is right. We have slaves of US running our country at present.

    sunil vijaya Thursday, 24 January 2019 06:51 AM

    omg! the CIA branch in sri lanka becoming active again. next will be military goods transfer. the anglicised JRJ the old fool's nephew paving the way for a military base in sri lanka.(?). Chinese base in hambantota. indian base in Jaffna. when you are poor you don't give a damn nut just sell everything to keep you afloat. that's exactly what is happening in sri lanka with these 225 clowns, jokers and pimps! here we have CIA operating at its best. the east and Colombo invaded by wahaabis, the Saudi prince in sri lanka bathiudeen opening doors to middle east. sri lanka will soon become not only the drug capital but the prostitute of the world.

    ravin Thursday, 24 January 2019 07:46 AM

    Rs.25 million to economy? How much if a commercial airline cargo plane landed, transfer cargo and take off will contribute to economy? For instance A380 landed twice in recent past. How much it had contributed to our economy.

    ICE Thursday, 24 January 2019 11:03 AM

    You mean Rs 25 million for the 225?? Yer Sri Lankan claim a loss. How about the 9 AN 225 landings at Mattala? Who pocketed the money?

    MAG Thursday, 24 January 2019 07:56 PM

    They are just diverting our attention to another topic while building up their base in Trincomalee habour. We should see this. They are not here to support our economy. Its a part of their military strategy against china. We should remember, all Portuguese, Dutch and English came here this way. We going to let it happen again? I don't know why our politicians do this for us again and again.


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