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U.S. Continues Support for Sri Lanka Coast Guard and Navy

April 28, 2013
U.S. Coast Guard officers with graduating Sri Lanka Coast Guard and Navy personnel.

U.S. Coast Guard officers with graduating Sri Lanka Coast Guard and Navy personnel.

The United States concluded its second training program for the Sri Lanka Coast Guard at the Trincomalee Naval Base on April 26.   The training was funded under the U.S. Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program, which promotes maritime security cooperation. Featuring three U.S. Coast Guard instructors, twenty personnel from the Sri Lanka Coast Guard and four from the Sri Lanka Navy graduated as Coast Guard Instructors.

In the presence of the Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne, U.S. Ambassador Michele J. Sison awarded certificates to the 24 participants and spoke at the graduation ceremony. “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. 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 countries around the globe.”

Ambassador Sison and Rear Admiral Wijegunaratne award a certificate to a participant in the EXBS Program.

This train-the-trainer workshop commenced on April 15 and was designed to instruct students on how to effectively train others in maritime law enforcement as Boarding Officers or Boarding Team Members.  U.S. Coast Guard instructors taught techniques in student management, presentation skills, developing visual aids, and role-play scenarios, and theories of adult learning and feedback.  The first course was conducted in Sri Lanka in October 2012. 

In addition to these programs, the EXBS Program is also funding training in the United States for two Sri Lanka Coast Guard Officers, along with a Maldivian Officer. 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.