USS Ford to visit Galle

October 10th, 2011 - 3:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, Oct 10 (IANS) USS Ford, a frigate of the Oliver Hazard Perry Class of the US Navy, will call on Sri Lanka’s southern port of Galle Oct 11-14.

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, an American embassy statement said Monday.

“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.”

The last US Navy ship to visit to Sri Lanka was the USS Pearl Harbor, a Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship, to Trincomalee in July 2010.

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