INDIAN OCEAN - The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) received supplies as part of a temporary cargo transfer initiative in Sri Lanka, beginning Jan. 24.
A C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery aircraft from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 operated from Bandaranaike International Airport near Colombo. The C-2A received a variety of supplies transferred earlier in the week from a U.S. Navy C-40A Clipper logistics aircraft and then flown back to John C. Stennis, which is outside Sri Lankan territorial waters.
Supplies included spare parts, tools, personal mail, paper goods, and other items. “Support services went well during our first stop in Sri Lanka in early December 2018,” said, Lt. Cmdr. Brett Learner, officer in charge, VRC-30. “The opportunity to conduct a temporary cargo transfer in Colombo for a second time provides a resource in a strategic location in the Indian Ocean that we can leverage while in the area.”
The temporary cargo transfer initiative facilitates airstrips and short-term storage facilities to receive large-scale shipments to move out in various directions in smaller shipments, allowing ships to continue operating at sea by receiving the right material at the right place and time. The initiative promotes Sri Lanka’s growing role as a regional hub for logistics and commerce. The cargo transfer conducted in January contributed approximately 25 million Sri Lankan rupees to the local economy, supporting local businesses.
“Sri Lanka’s leaders have outlined their vision for the country’s regional engagement that reflects its location at the nexus of the Indo-Pacific and seizes the opportunities that this unique position presents,” said U.S. Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz. “We are happy to support this vision through a range of mutually beneficial initiatives, such as contracting Sri Lankan services and goods to support U.S. military and commercial vessels that often transit the Indo-Pacific’s busy sea lanes.”
No cargo, military equipment, or personnel associated with this initiative will remain in Sri Lanka after completion of the cargo transfers.