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SL Navy Marine contingent returns home

Sri Lanka Navy Marine personnel who departed the island May 21 to attend the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) 2018, returned home on August 7, after a successful completion of the tour. The contingent was headed by Lieutenant Commander (Marine) Sanath Mahinda. RIMPAC 2018 was the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

Totally, the exercise was attended by 25,000 personnel from 25 countries such as Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Republic of Korea and the Republic of Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam, 47 surface ships, 05 submarines and more than 200 aircraft. The exercise was conducted from June 27 to August 2, 2018, on the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. It was hosted and administered by the United States Navy’s Pacific Fleet headquartered at Pearl Harbour in conjunction with the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard and Hawaii National Guard Force.