US help Navy boost border security

The United States is helping the Navy boost security along the border, a statement by the US Embassy in Colombo said today.

The statement said that the United States concluded its second training program for the Sri Lanka Coast Guard at the Trincomalee Naval Base.

The training was funded under the U.S. Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program, which promotes maritime security cooperation. Featuring three U.S. Coast Guard instructors, twenty personnel from the Sri Lanka Coast Guard and four from the Sri Lanka Navy graduated as Coast Guard Instructors.

“The United States Government is pleased to conduct this training in Sri Lanka for the second time as part of our premier initiative to partner with other countries to improve their border security,” U.S. Ambassador Michele J. Sison said.

“The United States hopes to continue its cooperation with the Sri Lanka Navy and Coast Guard through this program. It draws on expertise from the U.S. Departments of State, Homeland Security, Commerce, Energy, and Defense and provides a range of legal, licensing, and enforcement training and equipment for countries around the globe.”

The train-the-trainer workshop commenced on April 15 and was designed to instruct students on how to effectively train others in maritime law enforcement as Boarding Officers or Boarding Team Members.  U.S. Coast Guard instructors taught techniques in student management, presentation skills, developing visual aids, and role-play scenarios, and theories of adult learning and feedback.