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Published on - 8/4/2005

HMS York now in Colombo

Her Majesty's Ship York (HMS York) arrived in Sri Lanka's Colombo Harbour Tuesday (2) on a goodwill visit, to be accompanied by Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ship, Black Rover.

The HMS York warship of the Royal Navy that left the UK on 20 June, this year is on sail for a twenty-week long seafaring mission before it returns to UK during early November, this year.

British High Commissioner Mr. Stephen Evans welcoming her crew opined that the visit of HMS York to the island would further strengthen bonds of friendship between the two countries as well as the two Navies.

Earlier, Royal Navy Ship HMS Chatham and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, RFA Diligence were here in Sri Lanka for post-tsunami rehabilitation and reconstruction work in the eastern coastal town of Batticaloa. Commanding Officer of HMS York, Commander, Matt Harvey of Royal Navy declared that he and the crew were very pleased anchor in Colombo.

During her three-day stopover here, Commander Harvey will call on Senior Officers of the Armed Forces while his sailors will engage in sight-seeing and other recreational activities. Several football, rugby and hockey matches are also on the agenda between the two Navies.