US and Sri Lanka partner to expand maritime security engagement

CARAT is entering its twenty-third year, and Sri Lanka is among the newest CARAT partner nations, demonstrating a  shared commitment to maritime security in the Indian Ocean.CARAT Sri Lanka 2017 is part of a series of bilateral CARAT military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Thailand. U.S. Navy assets participating CARAT Sri Lanka 2017 include Commander, Task Group 75.5, Coastal Riverine Group 1, Underwater Construction Team 2 and U.S. Marines with Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific. Robert Hilton, Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka, noted that, “as the Government of Sri Lanka continues to make progress on reconciliation, justice, and human rights, cooperation between our militaries will continue to grow to include further opportunities like this.” The week-long exercise enhances maritime security skills and operational cohesiveness among participating forces. CARAT training encompasses small boat operations, evidence collection, diving procedures, and anti-terrorism security.  It also builds relationships between military participants through community development projects, sports, and social events. The US Navy and Marines and Sri Lankan Navy and Marines launched the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise in Trincomalee, the US Embassy in Colombo said today.“The U.S. Navy is pleased to add Sri Lanka to our list of CARAT partners in 2017 as part of our larger efforts to expand both bilateral and multilateral maritime security engagement across the Indo-Pacific region,” said Commodore Robert Baughman, Commander, Task Force-75. read more

Airdrie residents not happy with noise from new runway

YYC’s newest runway may be a win for Calgary, but some Airdrie residents are non-too happy with the extra air traffic.Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown says he’s heard concerns from several southeast residents, but notes the community  doesn’t have any control over the noise.He said the airport has assured him they will get back to everyone who phones in concerns to their hotline.Terry Thompson, director of Environmental Services for the Calgary Airport Authority said they have been talking to communities which would be effected by the new flight paths for the past couple years.“But you never really get to understand the impact until it first starts operating aircraft from that runway and to that runway, so we’re definitely ahead in anticipating increased community concern.”Thompson said the number one agenda item when the Airport Authority meets in the fall, will be to review the new runway’s operations. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 4, 2014 11:14 pm MDT Airdrie residents not happy with noise from new runway read more