Sri Lanka Navy's Diamond Jubilee celebrations:
Immense contribution to defeat terrorism
Having rendered a distinguished service
spanning six decades to the nation, the Sri Lanka Navy proudly
celebrates its 60th anniversary on December 9, 2010 marking yet another
milestone in the country's history. First part of this article was
Although during the final battle, the Sea Tigers desperately
attempted to disrupt the sea lines of communications between the Jaffna
peninsula and Trincomalee, the Navy made an immense contribution to the
humanitarian operation by keeping the ship movement centering the
Trincomalee harbour uninterrupted having thwarted the suicide attacks of
Captain J R S Brown
Commodore P M B Chavasse
The Navy fulfilled a tremendous task by transporting supplies to the
tri-forces and Police personnel engaged in operational duties in the
North onboard the SLN and merchant ships under Naval escort. The Navy
constantly safeguarded the lifeblood of the innocent civilians in the
North by transporting service personnel and innocent civilians between
the North and Trincomalee safely thwarting suicide attacks of the Sea
Tigers and providing security to the islands in the North. Having saved
the Kankasanthurei harbour from the terrorist attacks and natural
disasters, four new jetties were constructed on the Northern coast
utilizing the Navy's expertise and manpower giving a tremendous boost to
the humanitarian operation.
The contribution made by all branches of the Navy to its noble
service that spans over 60 years is tremendous and the collective effort
enabled the Navy to fulfill its role for the Motherland efficiently.
The rapid development of the technology in the Navy enabled it to
increase its fighting power. Due to the contribution of the Navy's
technical branches, it acquired the technical equipment capable of
making surveillance of the entire coastal belt as well as high seas
spanning over hundreds of nautical miles and state of the art weapons
integrated with sophisticated electro-optic cameras.
Rear Admiral G R M De Mel
Rear Admiral R Kadiragamar
Rear Admiral D V Hunter
With the addition of its own harbour protection methodologies to
counter terror attacks on harbours, it was due to the ingenuity of the
Naval engineers that the Navy was able to gain the confidence to fight
sailing thousands of kilometres in the deep seas and to make the
historic feat of producing its own small boats.
Naval and Maritime Academy
The Naval and Maritime Academy in Trincomalee and Naval Recruit
Training Centres gradually established islandwide have made tremendous
contributions to make Naval cadet officers and recruits well-imbibed in
discipline and professionalism to render the noble service of
safeguarding the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the
The entitlement of the Naval cadet officers, who pass out from the
Naval and Maritime Academy, to degrees in Naval studies in affiliation
to Kelaniya University and the award of the International Standards
Organization certification ISO 9001 and 2000 to the Naval and Maritime
Academy as the first military establishment to receive such honours bear
ample testimony to the quality of the Naval training.
The contribution made by the Navy Seva Vanitha Unit through its
continuous commitment to the welfare of the families of the heroic Naval
personnel provides strength and encouragement to the Navy's forward
Over its 60 years, Sri Lanka Navy has been able to win many accolades
in the sports arena. Winning of the FA Cup Football Championship for the
first time and the runner-up title in the prestigious Clifford's Cup in
2010 and becoming the most popular rugby team of the year led by the
most popular rugby captain of the year Sub Lieutenant Yoshitha Rajapaksa
are some of the land mark achievements of the Navy.
Past Navy Commanders
We remember the past Navy Commanders, who steered the Navy having
surmounted the sea of unending challenges, with deep gratitude.
With the commitment never to allow the terrorism to raise its ugly
head in the land of Sri Lanka again, Sri Lanka Navy is today proudly
engaged in performing a wide range of formidable tasks for the country's
future with its utmost dedication.
It is no secret that the future of our country rests on the
tremendous resources found in the coastal belt, that is one third of our
land mass, the Exclusive Economic Zone, which is seven times greater
than our land mass and the continental shelf, that is 21 times greater
than our land mass. The Navy is committed to protect the country's vast
oceanic resources from the intruders. Sri Lanka Navy is constantly
engaged in protecting the resources in the coastal areas and the seabed
for the future generations with utmost commitment.
Since the fishing resources figure more prominent amongst the natural
resources in the seas, the Navy performs a formidable task by preventing
illegal fishing and protecting the fisheries industry.
The Navy acts constantly to prevent the illegal activities carried
out at sea in the guise of fishing such as smuggling, drug trafficking
and illegal immigration.
With the lifting of restrictions after the dawn of peace to fishing,
fishing grounds, fishing vessels and capacity of boat engines imposed
due to security reasons, the fishing community has now been able to
engage in their livelihoods 24 hours a day with freedom.
In this promising backdrop, the Navy is performing a tremendous task
for the utilization of the contributions of the fisheries industry for
the national economy and development through the uplift of the
professional welfare of the fishermen.
The Commander of the Navy, visiting various areas in the island
accompanied by senior Naval officers, met with the representatives and
members of fisheries societies and held discussions with a view to
uplift their professional welfare. The Navy maintains a close rapport
with the fishing community through the fishing marshalling points
established at the fisheries harbours and other areas of the island.
While helping to uplift the professional welfare of the fishing
community, the Navy is constantly assisting to rescue to the fishermen
in distress at sea. The Navy also assists in the repatriation of
fishermen and their boats, released from Indian custody through the
mediation of the Government and the Ministry of Fisheries and bringing
them home safely after having them taken over from Indian Coast Guard
vessels at the Indo-Lanka Maritime Boundary line upon the completion of
During the national disasters such as floods and cyclones, the Navy
conducts humanitarian assistance operations for the people affected.
It is no secret that the Navy is going to be entrusted with a very
important responsibility with the construction of the new harbour in
In order to reap the full benefit of the Hambantota harbour, which
lies on a very important position in the international shipping lane
that links the East and the West, its international sea line of
communication must be made secure.
The Sri Lanka Navy is engaged in fulfilling its international
responsibility by protecting this sea line of communication and
assisting the ships. The solid foundation in this connection has been
laid through the Search and Rescue Area, which is 25 times greater than
our landmass, entrusted to the Navy.
The resources and manpower used by the Sri Lanka Navy for the battle
victory have now been diverted to the national development after the
dawn of peace.
To be continued