Oct 10, Colombo: The United States Navy ship, USS Ford (FFG-54), an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate will call on Sri Lanka’s southern port of Galle Oct 11-14, the U.S. Embassy announced on Monday.
In a press statement, the Embassy said the visit is a routine port visit and is intended to provide the American sailors an opportunity for engagement with the Sri Lanka Navy and for cultural exchange.
“This visit promotes peace and stability in the Western Pacific region, and demonstrates the US commitment to regional partners such as Sri Lanka,” the Embassy statement said.
“Sri Lanka has historically been a strong partner of the US in addressing common security challenges in the region including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness,” the statement said.
“This strong relationship between the US and Sri Lanka also helps advance many common interests including mutual security, prosperity and the promotion of freedom,” It added.
The 453-ft guided-missile Frigate arrived in Cochin, India for a port visit Oct. 1. The ship can provide defense in-depth against air, surface and sub-surface threats for military and merchant shipping.
The USS Pearl Harbor, a Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship was the last US Navy ship to visit to Sri Lanka calling port in Trincomalee in July 2010 en route to Pakistan for flood relief.