U.S. marines and sailors embarked aboard amphibious transport dock USS Somerset (LPD 25) arrived in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, for a theater security cooperation (TSC) exchange with the Sri Lankan navy, marine corps, Nov 23-25.
The military exchange will focus on enhancing relationships between the two naval services, and honing basic military skills and small boat operations that could support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.
Additionally, the TSC will provide an opportunity for U.S. Marines to pass to their newly-formed counterparts in Sri Lanka the fundamentals of being a marine, and what sets them apart from soldiers or sailors.
“We look forward to working alongside the Sri Lankan marines, and sharing the characteristics and ethos of our marine corps,” said Col. Clay C. Tipton, commanding officer, 11th MEU. “Simply put, U.S. marines are known for taking care of their own, demonstrating a bias for action, and having an unwavering devotion to mission accomplishment.”
The TSC training includes basic defensive tactics, combat life-saving skills, explosive ordnance disposal, aircraft familiarization, small boat and convoy operations, and small unit leadership classes.
USS Somerset is part of the Makin Island amphibious ready group which includes amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), and amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45).