( January 19, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The US Navy Ship ‘Hopper’ arrived at the Port of Colombo today (19) on a goodwill visit. The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer was ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on her arrival. Subsequently, the Commanding Officer of the ship, Commander John D. Gainey paid a courtesy call on the Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Jayantha De Silva at the Western Naval Command Headquarters. They held cordial discussions and exchanged mementoes to mark the significance of the occasion.
The US Navy Ship which is on a four-day official visit to Sri Lanka, is scheduled to participate in an array of programmes organized by the Sri Lanka Navy. Accordingly, the ship’s crew is expected to take part in training programmes and range of sporting events such as Cricket, Baseball, Volleyball and Basketball with their Sri Lankan counterparts. The ship is scheduled to depart from the country on 23rd of this month.