Asymmetric warfare course :
Six locals, 16 foreigners graduate
The graduation ceremony of the asymmetric warfare course conducted by
the Special Boat Squadron (SBS) of the Sri Lanka Navy was held on
Thursday at the Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda Auditorium in Trincomalee.
Defence and Urban Development Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was the
Chief Guest. Navy Commander Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage, senior
Naval officers including Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral
Rohan Amarasinghe, Bangladesh Defence Adviser, Commodore N. Nasir,
Maldives Defence Adviser, Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Mukthar and
Commanding Officer SBS, Captain Priyantha Perera were also present.
participant receives his certificate from Defence and Urban
Development Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Navy Commander
Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage was also present
The Navy Commander said it was a privilege to have the Defence
Secretary, the architect of the victory of the three-decade war, as the
Chief Guest at the completion of the first ever endeavour undertaken by
the Sri Lanka Navy in disseminating its battle experiences.
Defence Secretary Rajapaksa said the Sri Lanka Navy asymmetric
warfare course, capitalises on the experiences gained by the Sri Lanka
Navy during the three decades of combat against the LTTE.
The codification of such experience into a naval doctrine is an
important step in ensuring the preparedness to face the asymmetric
maritime threats, he said.
The Defence Secretary said he was pleased to note that several
officers and personnel from Bangladesh, China, the Maldives and Pakistan
had successfully completed the training programme alongside with their
colleagues from the Sri Lanka Navy.
Sixteen participants from Bangladesh, China, Maldives and Pakistan
followed the three-month course along with six Sri Lanka Navy personnel.
Bangladesh, the Maldives and Pakistan had sent a four-member
contingent each, comprising an officer and three sailors, while China
had sent four officers.
One SBS officer along with four sailors and another officer from the
Naval Patrolman Branch joined them in the highly specialized training
where the Sri Lanka Navy shared its own experience in successfully
The SBS is the Navy's elite special marine force specialised in
amphibious warfare and maritime counter-terrorism operations.
Established in 1993, it conducts a wide range of special water-borne and
land-based operations. They played a pivotal role in defeating LTTE
terrorism inflicting heavy damages and casualties to the enemy in a
series of well-coordinated special operations.