The US Coast Guard conducted training exercises for the Sri Lankan Coast Guard in Trincomalee recently, reports Colombo Page.
The training initiative, said to strengthen maritime security, was part of the Export Control and Related Border Security Program.
Addressing the closing ceremony the US ambassador to Colombo, Michele J Sison, said,
"It draws on expertise from the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Commerce, Energy, and Defence in order to provide a range of legal, licensing, and enforcement training and equipment for countries around the globe. We are pleased to be conducting this first of its kind training here with the Sri Lankan Coast Guard."
Training topics included: international law, smuggling trends, high risk search techniques, use of non-lethal force, ship boarding procedures, and drug identification and testing.