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    US and Sri Lankan marines and sailors will participate in a training exercise focused on movement and logistics support needed to successfully conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, the US Navy said in a press release on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The release stated that "approximately 325 Marines and Sailors from the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group/11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and 175 Marines and Sailors from the Sri Lankan navy and Marine Corps will take part.”

    “This is the second [11th MEU] military-to-military exchange with Sri Lanka [ARG],” It said.

    The US Navy warship USS Comstock is also participating in training exercise and will bring aboard Sri Lankan sailors for a review of damage control procedures, the release added.

    Amphibious Ready Groups and Marine Expeditionary Units perform combat and humanitarian assistance operations, the release noted.


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