US trains Sri Lanka Coast Guard

Apr 28, 2013 (LBO) – The United States is providing Coast Guard training as part of a maritime security co-operation program, the US embassy in Colombo said. One Sri Lankan officer will graduate from his four month training in May and the other will complete his three month training in June 2013.

A batch of 20 officers from Sri Lanka’s Coast Guard and four from the Navy had graduated as Coast Guard instructors who will be able to train boarding officers and boarding team members.

“The United States Government is pleased to conduct this training in Sri Lanka for the second time as part of our premier initiative to partner with other countries to improve their border security,” said Ambassador Sison.

“The United States hopes to continue its cooperation with the Sri Lanka Navy and Coast Guard through this program,” Ambassador Sison was quoted as saying at a passing out ceremony attended by Sri Coast Guard chief Rear Admiral Ravindra C Wijegunaratne.”

“It draws on expertise from the U S Departments of State, Homeland Security, Commerce, Energy, and Defense and provides a range of legal, licensing, and enforcement training and equipment for co