Sept 13, Colombo: The United States Navy is training Sri Lanka Navy personnel on preventive medicine and causality care and the training program, Sri Lanka Health Engagement 17 got off to a start at the naval base SLNS Gemunu in Welisara on Monday.
The US Marine Corps Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC) is conducting the training engagement for the personnel of the Sri Lanka Navy.
Since 2014, the Sri Lanka Health Engagement has been conducted annually and is meant to help improve the medical capabilities of the Sri Lanka Navy as well as the regional interoperability between the U.S. and Sri Lankan medical forces.
The objective of the training engagement is to provide the participants comprehensive knowledge on preventive medicine and casualty care subjects. Further, it helps better enhance causality care and patient care during mass casualty, humanitarian assistance, disaster response and other emergencies.
This year's training program on Preventive Medicine and Casualty Care Subject Matter Expert Exchange consists of two modules. In the 'Train the Trainer and Tactical Combat Casualty Care Training', 70 naval personnel belonging to the Marine Battalion, Special Boat Squadron, Rapid Action Boat Squadron and Medical Branch are taking part.
The U.S. Navy Corpsmen will train members of the Sri Lanka Navy to conduct their own Combat Life Saver classes in order further develop their medical capabilities. Their newly learned skills will be assessed during the second week of the exercise.
A team of Indian Armed Forces Medical Services (IAFMS) is also attending this collaborative effort at the invitation of the Sri Lanka Navy.
The collaborative expert exchange effort will run until 22nd September 2017.