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Navy contingent leaves for RIMPAC 2022

Navy Commander Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne pinned flag patches on the uniforms of the RIMPAC-bound SLN contingent on June 2, at the Navy Headquarters.
Navy Commander Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne pinned flag patches on the uniforms of the RIMPAC-bound SLN contingent on June 2, at the Navy Headquarters.

A Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) contingent which is expected to take part in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2022, hosted by the US Pacific Fleet, left for Australia on Saturday by a special flight arranged by the Royal Australian Air Force. The SLN contingent comprises 50 naval personnel including both officers and sailors.

In Australia, the SLN contingent will partner with crew of the HMAS Canberra of the Royal Australian Navy for a two-week acclimatization programme after which the SLN contingent will leave for the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California, United States, onboard the HMAS Canberra for RIMPAC 2022.

Held from June to July, the 2022 edition of the exercise will feature surface ships, submarines, aircraft and over 25,000 armed force personnel including ground troops from a number of countries.

Meanwhile, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne pinned flag patches on the uniforms of the RIMPAC-bound SLN contingent on June 2 at the Navy Headquarters.

The SLN contingent of 50, comprising 48 Marines and two Special Boat Squadron personnel will take part in RIMPAC 2022, under the auspices of the governments of Australia and the United States.

The Rim of the Pacific Exercise, conducted for the 28th time, is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. Taking part in this nature of exercises would enable the Sri Lanka Navy to exchange best practices and foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans, with like-minded partners across the globe.


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