Sri Lanka and US to Conduct Joint Military Exercises to Maintain Free and Open Indo-Pacific

Sri Lanka and the United States will be conducting a joint military exercise starting January 19th to prepare for disaster relief and maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific. The exercise, which will last a week and end on January 26th, will involve the US Navy and Marine Corps, the Sri Lanka Navy, and the Sri Lanka Air Force. In addition, participants from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Maldives National Defence Force will also be taking part.

This is the fifth Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)/Marine Exercise (MAREX) exercise between the two countries. The exercise is designed to promote regional security cooperation, maintain and strengthen maritime partnerships, and enhance maritime interoperability. The US, India, and several other world powers have been discussing the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in light of China’s increasing military presence in the region.

Written by IAS POINT

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