Mar 18, Colombo: The United States Navy's Pacific Partnership 2017 mission in Sri Lanka, commenced with the arrival of USNS Fall River of the US Pacific Command at the Port of Hambantota on 07th March, concluded successfully on Friday.
Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted by the U.S. Navy in the Indo-Asia-Pacific and aims to enhance regional coordination in areas such as medical readiness and preparedness for manmade and natural disasters.
During the ten-day mission military and civilian experts from United States Australia and Japan onboard USNS Fall River along with the Sri Lankan personnel participated in a series of community service and social responsibility projects including medical and civil engineering projects, conducting HA/DR readiness drills, and partnering in a number of community engagements.
They conducted a range of timely social responsibility initiatives focusing on schools, hospitals, community centers and common citizens in and around Hambantota region.
Meanwhile, the special joint band performances presented by the US 7th Fleet Band partnering with the Sri Lanka Navy also received center of attention during this tour. The wind ensemble entertained big crowds gathered at Galle Fort, Tangalle City Centre, Hambantota Beach Park, Bata Atha Agro Park and Matara Beach Park with their wide array of music genres.
As part of the final day proceedings of Pacific Partnership 2017, the closing ceremony was held at the premises of the Port of Hambantota Friday evening with the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe gracing the ceremony as the Chief Guest.
Speaking on this occasion, the Director Naval Operations and Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy extended thanks to the mission personnel of Pacific Partnership for their invaluable service rendered and selecting Sri Lanka as their initial destination.
This engagement also marked the first mission to Sri Lanka in the 12-year history of Pacific Partnership. Having blown the final whistle to the sequel of events at the Port of Hambantota, USNS Fall River will leave Sri Lanka for her follow on ports of call in Malaysia and Vietnam to execute rest of the mission tomorrow.