Monitoring the sea helped immensely
Commander of Northern Naval Operation Rear Admiral Somathilaka
Dissanayaka who played a major role in fighting against terrorism in the
Northern sea said that he took over as Northern Operational Commander on
January 2009 when the situation was tense. “We overcame this situation
successfully in the Northern belt tackling all efforts of the LTTE to
cause damages to the Security Forces”, he added.
The Northern sea belt extending from Thalai-Mannar to Mullaitivu was
under the command of Rear Admiral Dissanayake. The last battle which was
conducted by the Naval troops in the North-eastern sea was carried out
by the Northern and Eastern sailors. As it was a joint operation, the
Northern command had contributed in the last battle against the LTTE
deploying small boats and Dvora from Kankesanthurai.
Naval ships deployed in the territorial waters of Sri Lanka
He asserted that the Northern sea belt was an escape route for the
LTTE cadres to seek asylum in India. It was a major task to prevent the
LTTE cadres escaping towards India. With the prevailing situation, naval
troops were on the alert to net the LTTE cadres fleeing over sea.
“The Tiger cadres made many efforts to flee via the sea but we foiled
their attempts. Therefore, the LTTE cadres coming in or going out were
prevented from doing so”, he added.
The Northeast sea belt was monitored by activating senses and radar
systems set up in the sea shores within the past two months of the
The Navy boats were fully equipped with arms, night vision and
thermal cameras with which even a single movement of the LTTE could be
detected. This made the LTTE lose their hopes of smuggling arms and
taking the sea route to flee.
“We had vigilant sailors and officers who were working round the
clock without taking leave for months. We worked on carefully planned
and different contingency plans. Our vigilance, courage and bravery
drove us to claim a great victory”, he added.
The naval troops were able to tackle the LTTE cadres. This was proved
at the end of the war that all the LTTE senior leaders were killed
including the LTTE leader despite the rumours being carried that many
senior LTTE cadres escaped by sea”, he remarked.
The Northern operational command also contributed in the rescuing
mission. “We have apprehended 500 boats where over 8,000 people were
boarded and attempting to flee India from Chundikulam.
They were rescued at Point-Pedro. Sea Tiger Leader Soosai’s wife was
captured by the Northern Operational Command sailors. Later they were
handed over to the Eastern Operational Command”, Rear Admiral