Royal Navy, Japanese and Russian Navy Ships on Visit to Port of Colombo
HMS Montrose, a frigate of the Royal Navy, was in Colombo today as part of her routine deployment in the Indian Ocean.
The Captain and crew welcomed on board students from Colombo and Galle, and during a tour of ship explained to them how the ship’s state-of-the-art helicopter, radar and missile defense technology is used. During the ship’s visit to Colombo the Captain met with State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene, Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy Rear Admiral JJ Ranasinghe and Commander Western Naval Area Rear Admiral Nishantha Udugetenna.
On her departure from port HMS MONTROSE took part in a short joint naval exercise with Sri Lanka Navy vessels. Members of the 200-strong crew enjoyed the opportunity to visit Colombo’s historic sites. HMS Montrose has been deployed in the Pacific and Indian Oceans for several months, exercising with allies and contributing to regional security.
During their deployment the ship’s crew have been working with regional naval teams to combat piracy and smuggling – and successfully intercepted vessels operating in contravention of UN sanctions.
The ship contributes to the UK’s international security presence, including thorough helping to ensure the security and safe passage of vessels in the Indian Ocean. Soon the ship will become the first forward-deployed frigate in many years when she will be based east of Suez for three years.
Sri Lanka and the UK have shared a long history of defense relations, strengthened by the appointment of a Resident Defense Adviser at the beginning of this year.
Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, has welcomed the Russian Navy ship, Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit today (03rd April).
The Commanding Officer of the ship, Captain Mikhailovich Krokhmal called on the Commander Western Naval Area and Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva this evening.
The 136m long Admiral Gorshkov-class frigate has a displacement of 5,300 tons and is manned by 28 officers and 208 sailors. The ship is on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka and the crew is scheduled to take part in several sporting activities and other programs organized by Sri Lanka Navy, during her stay in the island.
The vessel will set sail for her next port of call from the port of Colombo on 06th April, on completion of her tour events in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ship ‘Asagiri’ arrived at the Port of Colombo on Thursday (4 April) on three-day goodwill visit.
Director Naval Operations Commodore Sanjeewa Dias and a group of representatives from Japanese embassy in Sri Lanka were also present on this occasion.
Commanding Officer of the ship Commander Yoshinori Sato paid a courtesy call on Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenna and held discussions focused on enhancing bilateral cooperation.
Defence Attaché of the Japanese embassy in Sri Lanka, Captain Atsuhiro Morero also attended the event.
The 137m long destroyer DD-151 Asagiri has a displacement of 3550 tons and a complement of 150 officers and sailors onboard.
During 3 day visit, the ship?s crew is scheduled to participate in several special programs, arranged by the Sri Lanka Navy.
With the completion of their tour events, the ship will set sail from the island for her next port of call on 06th April.