Defense Attachés (DAs) representing several countries recently visited the port to familiarize themselves with port activities.
Some of them have shown interest in directing their country’s navy vessels to Hambantota International Port (HIP) for resupply and husbandry services while operating in the region.
The group of visitors represented the United States, the Maldives, France, Germany, Kenya, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland.
Delegates were received by Captain Miyuru Gunasekara; general manager of Hambantota International Port Services (HIPS) and Dilan Silva; HIPS Security Specialist, Commander Naval Base Kawantissa, Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) representing Navy and ISPS aspects. Representatives of the Sri Lankan army and police were also present. This visit was approved by the Ministry of Defence.
“The visiting delegation showed an interest in the port’s history, facilities, security and future developments, and the event concluded with a familiarization tour of the port’s premises. They were impressed with the facilities and commented on the port’s record operational performance achieved in such a short time. It was a pleasure to welcome them to HIP,” said Captain Miyuru Gunasekara, GM, HIPS.
Recently, two Indian Navy vessels visited HIP for refueling and husbandry services. In recent years, warships from Japan, Indonesia, Russia and the United States have called at Hambantota Port. HIP is a multipurpose deep water port with a depth of 17 meters.