Navy support for Coast Guard Dept
The Sri Lanka Navy will provide technical and physical resources to
the Coast Guard Department to strengthen the service, said Navy
Commander Vice Admiral Somathilaka Dissanayake.
He said that Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had discussions
with the Navy on how the Navy could help develop the coast guard
Vice Admiral Dissanayake was speaking at the handing over ceremony of
an Inshore Patrol Craft manufactured by the Sri Lanka Navy to the Sri
Lanka Coast Guard Department at the Colombo Port Tuesday.
With the commencement of manufacturing small craft the Sri Lanka Navy
assists in strengthening the economy by saving a mass amount of capital
which would be required to import this type of vessels,said the Navy
Commander. The Sri Lanka Navy deployed over 200 small vessels for the
humanitarian operation at the latter stage of the war, he added.
“Those vessels were made by the Navy’s Engineering and Electronic
Divisions. We hope to create large vessels in the near future by using
modern technology and our officers’ skills,” Vice Admiral Dissanayake
said. “This is the first time the Navy made a vessel for another
“This kind of craft will help to protect our marine resources,” said
Sri Lanka Coast Guard Director General Rear Admiral Daya Darmapriya.
Senior Officers of Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Coast Guard participated
at the ceremony.