Pacific Partnership 2017 concludes on successful note in Hambantota
Pacific Partnership 2017 made its initial mission stop
in Hambantota, with the arrival of US Naval Ship Fall River on 07th
March 2017. On successful completion of a string of community service
and social responsibility projects, the mission of Pacific Partnership
2017 concluded on a successful note in Hambantota today (17).
The event was graced by the Chief of Staff of the Sri
Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe as the Chief Guest.
Commander Southern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenna,
Director Generals and senior officers from the Naval Headquarters and
Southern Naval Command were also present on the occasion.
Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral
Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) preparedness mission
conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, aiming to enhance regional
coordination in areas such as medical readiness and preparedness for
The partner military and non-government personnel from
the United States, Australia, and Japan, onboard USNS Fall River,
actively took part in this year's programme working side-by-side with
Sri Lankan medical professionals, participating in civil engineering
projects, conducting HA/DR readiness drills, and partnering in a number
of community engagements. Accordingly, they conducted a range of timely
social responsibility initiatives focusing on schools, hospitals,
community centres 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 centre 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 a result both local and foreign
music lovers who attended those events could enjoy nice blend of US-Sri
Lankan music at different settings in Southern Province.
As part of the final day proceedings of Pacific
Partnership 2017, the closing ceremony was held at the premises of the
Port of Hambantota this evening. 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
The closing ceremony was followed by an evening
reception organized onboard SLNS Samudura. A large number of
distinguished invitees from the Pacific Partnership mission joined this
colourful occasion. The event was made more vivid with an array of
cultural performances presented by Sri Lanka Navy Cultural Troupe and
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.
Courtesy: Navy Media Unit
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