Commanding Officer of the “USS Anchorage” welcomes Defence Secretary on board


Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne visited the United States Navy Ship „USS
Anchorage‟ at the Colombo harbour today (Jan 20).
The ship‟s Commanding Officer Captain KEELER, D.J. warmly received the Sri Lankan Defence
Secretary on his arrival and accompanied him on a tour inside the ship.
A cross section of Cadets representing the National Cadet Corps (NCC) was also present during
the session to visit the foreign Navy ship.
„USS Anchorage‟ arrived in Sri Lanka on Thursday (Jan 19) to take part in the Cooperation
Afloat Readiness and Training Exercise -2023 (CARAT–2023).
The visiting US ship will conduct exercises with the Sri Lanka Navy Ships “Gajabahu” and
“Samudura” before departing the island on the 27th
Navy Commander Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy
Douglas Sonnek, Commander Western Naval Area Rear Admiral Suresh De Silva, Military
Liaison Officer of the Defence Ministry Maj. Gen. Dinesh Nanayakkara, Director NCC Brig.
Sudantha Fonseka, US Defence Attaché Seth Nevins, Officers of the Sri Lanka Navy, US
Embassy Officials and Crew of the „USS Anchorage‟ were present during the visit.