The Australian Naval Ship HMAS “Melbourne” arrived at the port of Colombo on 29th August 2015 on a goodwill visit. It was ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on arrival.
Commanding Officer of the ship, Commander Bill Waters paid a courtesy call on Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Dayananda Nanayakkara at the Western Naval Command Headquarters in Colombo. They held cordial discussions and exchanged mementos as a gesture of goodwill. Defence Advisor of the Australian High Commission in Sri Lanka Captain Jason Sears was also present on the occasion.
The ship will stay in Sri Lanka till 02nd September and the crew members are scheduled to take part in several special programs arranged by the Sri Lanka Navy during their stay to enhance the friendly relations between the two navies.