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Australian ships in the island

March 25, 2019

Four (04) ships of the Royal Australian Navy, HMAS "Canberra", HMAS "Newcastle", HMAS "Success" and HMAS "Parramatta" arrived in Sri Lanka to take part in the Indo-Pacific Endeavour -2019, on Saturday (23rd March).

According to Navy media, two of the ships, "Canberra" and "Newcastle" had arrived at the Colombo harbor while, "Success" and "Parramatta" had entered the Trincomalee harbour. The ships were accorded a traditional welcome by the Sri Lanka Navy upon their arrival at the two ports.

In view of strengthening the cooperation on maritime affairs in the Indian Ocean under the Indo-Pacific Endeavour, an Australian Task Force consisted of Army, Navy and Air Force personnel had arrived for this programme. Humanitarian and disaster relief activities, helicopter exchange operations, maritime domain awareness activities, Tri Forces band performance with Australian Defence Force band and sports events between Tri Forces personnel of both countries etc. are scheduled to be conducted during the programme.

The 230.9m long "Canberra" is 7.9m wide and has a displacement of 27500 tons. It carries a crew of 483 personnel while "Newcastle" is 138.1m long and 7.9m in wide. The crew consists of 205 officers and sailors.

The 157.2m in long "Success" is 8.4m in width and has a displacement of 17900 tons. The crew consists of 178 personnel. "Parramatta" is 118m long and 6.2m in width and has a crew of 190 officers and sailors.

"Success" and "Parramatta" are scheduled to leave the island on Wednesday (27) while "Canberra" and "Newcastle" are scheduled to depart on the 30th (March).