Navy - Sea patrolling round the clock
Rear Admiral Susith Weerasekera
Commander Eastern Naval area Rear Admiral Susith Weerasekera taking
command in the Eastern belt on October 2008 played a vital role to
defeat and disable the LTTE movements in the North-eastern sea.
The Eastern sea belt stretching from Sangamankandhai to Chalai had
come under the command of Rear Admiral Weerasekera, an area where the
LTTE cadres confined into the last leg of battlefield. Therefore, he had
a big job to face and destroy the enemies in many ways. When ground
troops surrounded the LTTE from three directions, the LTTE leadership
and his fellow cadres have left only one direction that ‘Sea’.
Rear Admiral Weerasekera noted that aftermath of the LTTE attacks on
the naval vessels and ships carrying food supplies in 2006, the Navy
strengthened its surveillance and enhanced its detection to prevent arms
Two naval layers were established from 100 nautical miles in the
North and 70 nautical miles in the East from the beach. “These areas
thoroughly were under surveillance by the sailors and the LTTE arms
smuggling capability totally was disabled”, he added.
“Since the LTTE cadres were confined to a certain stretch of land,
the Naval troops had a major part to cover the North-eastern sea.
Considering the nature of the situation, we established barricads in
certain areas of the Eastern coastal belt. Therefore, we have set up
four barriers and two bolder points deploying boats such as Arrows, Fast
Gun Boats, Special Boat Squadron, Fast Attack Craft, Rapid Action Boat
Squadron, Dvora etc”, he added.
Concept of establishing four lines of barrier was successful and
sailors carried out battle in the deep sea bringing triumph against the
LTTE movements. The Navy also established detachments between Nayaru to
Trincomalee and radars based on shore from Chenmalai to Chilavetti.
Though, the LTTE coming in and going out or infiltration were out of
“We were confident that not a single Tiger cadre or the LTTE senior
leader would be able to flee via the sea. Our sailors were vigilant and
on the alert. They were manning the sea belt and patrolling round the
clock ready to detect and destroy the targets”, he added. There were
many desperate attempts by the Tiger cadres to escape over the sea using
suicide boats. The naval troops destroyed their attempts and hopes.
“We used different tactics and ways to fight the LTTE in the sea by
our attack crafts. Sea Tiger leader Soosai could not hold our planes and
tactics, thus they have decisively withdrawn all their attempts”, Rear
Admiral Weerasekera remarked.
Rear Admiral Weeraskera asserted that the LTTE leadership could not
face up to the challenge drafted by the Navy. “In the consequences of
war, LTTE leader Prabakaran was found dead along with his senior
“We challenged the LTTE leader and his associates to take the sea
route to flee if they were brave. They made many attempts using
different techniques but all efforts were foiled and they failed”, he
The Navy contributed in rescuing hostage mission by vacating around
14,000 sick and wounded civilians on the board of ICRC charted vessel
Green Ocean from Puthumathalan to Trincomalee and from Vellaimullikkal
“These evacuated civilians had been given initial treatment by the
naval medical team on their arrival before they were transferred to the
Indian temporary hospital in Pulmodai or any other hospital. Then they
were sent to the IDPs welfare centres”, he said.
Meanwhile, the naval troops also rescued another 12,000 civilians
from the LTTE clutches and brought them to the cleared areas during the
He said all efforts were undertaken while operation was on. “We are
satisfied with the victory and our contribution to make the victory”, he