Frank Cable Sailors Foster Goodwill Through Sports
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sailors assigned to the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) faced off against sailors from the Sri Lanka navy in friendly sporting events at Naval Base Welisara, August 30.
Frank Cable is the third U.S. Navy ship to visit Colombo this year in missions aimed at building friendship and goodwill between the U.S. Navy and the people of Sri Lanka.
The sporting events were arranged to help strengthen the relationship between U.S. Navy Sailors and the Sri Lanka Navy.
The morning started off with baseball; a game that both teams are very familiar with. Once the game was over, the two teams began a match of cricket. For most of the Frank Cable Sailors, it was the first time they had ever played cricket.
“Being from a small town in Iowa, I never thought of playing cricket,” said Lt. j.g. Ryan Peter, a native of Estherville, Iowa, personnel officer of Frank Cable. “I never would have thought of visiting Sri Lanka let alone learn to play their most popular sport during my visit. This experience is something I will never forget.”
Cricket has some similarities to baseball that were familiar to Frank Cable Sailors, however, the game involved more learning than competition.
“I’ve seen it a lot on TV and never really knew what was going on,” said Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jay Cogger. “It was really great that they had the patience to explain the game to us. I think a lot of people would say that they enjoyed themselves.”
While some of the Sailors played cricket, others played soccer or volleyball at other locations on the base.
Once all the games wrapped up, the Sri Lanka navy treated the Frank Cable Sailors to a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast before the group headed back to the ship."
USS Frank Cable is one of two forward-deployed submarine tenders and is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to conduct maintenance and support of deployed U.S. naval force submarines and surface vessels in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. For more information on the USS Frank Cable, find us on Facebook at USS Frank Cable (AS 40), or http://www.csp.navy.mil/frankcable
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