සයුරේ විකුම් පෑ නාවික හමුදාවේ විශේෂ යාත්‍රා බලගනයට ජනාධිපති වර්ණ – Sri Lanka Navy | Rupavahini News ...

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Maritime security – Technology, capacity building and collaboration the way forward: Vice Admiral Perera   Image Source:Themorning Source:Themorning Climate change-related issues and HA/DR will be key issues in future SLN looking to improve underwater domain awareness Need a purpose built multi-role vessel to respond to maritime emergencies, SAR Command and control synergy, air defence, anti-submarine warfare capacity building needed Image Source:Themorning The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) turned 73 last December and is going through an evolutionary period. The navy patrols Sri Lanka’s furthest ocean frontier, acts as our ambassador, and conducts constabulary missions which safeguard Sri Lankan interests. For a relatively small navy, the SLN has over the last decade re-emerged, playing a regional role and punching above its weight by patrolling distant waters used for narcotics trafficking that are seldom patrolled by other powerful navies. It has also become a first responder to maritime emergencies and has gained experience ...

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Massive cache of heroin, ‘Ice’ intercepted off Galle… Source:Sri Lanka Navy Sri Lanka Navy on Thursday (Jan.04) intercepted a multiday fishing trawler carrying more than 245kg of heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘Ice’) valued over Rs. 3,190 million, approximately 28 nautical miles (50km) in seas west of Hikkaduwa. Upon searching the trawler, more than 189kg (including packages) of ‘Ice’ stuffed into 130 parcels and around 55kg (including packages) of heroin in 48 packages were recovered. Additionally, 06 Sri Lankan nationals aboard the fishing trawler were arrested. The seized items and the suspects were subsequently brought ashore to the Galle Harbour and were handed over to the Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) for onward legal action. The suspects were identified as residents of Galle, Beruwala, Galle, Beruwala and Galgamuwa, aged between 28 to 66 years. ...

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High Commissioner – designate Admiral Ravindra Chandrasiri Wijegunaratna (Rtd.) Presents Credentials to the President of Pakistan The newly appointed High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Admiral Ravindra C Wijegunaratne (Rtd.) presented credentials to the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi at a formal ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Sadr (Presidency) in Islamabad on Tuesday, 19 December 2023. The credential ceremony included a guard of honour followed by the presentation of credentials and a cordial discussion with the President of Pakistan. High Commissioner Wijegunaratne conveyed warm greeting from the President of Sri Lanka and highlighted the strong relationship between the two nations in the areas of trade, culture, defence and people to people. The President of Pakistan extended his best wishes to President Ranil Wickremesinghe and the people of Sri Lanka and wished that Sri Lanka will overcome economic challenges soon. He thanked the ...

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Nilawarai – ‘Bottomless Well’ in Jaffna Peninsula – By Arundathie Abeysinghe Located in Puttur, approximately 14 kilometers northeast of *Jaffna, Nilawari (also spelt as Nilawarai or Nilavari) is the largest freshwater well in Jaffna Peninsula. Although, the water in the well is brackish, villagers are of the view that it is potable water. Some villages are of the view that the well was created by Prince *Rama. According to villagers in Puttur, the water in the well never dries up even during prolonged periods of drought. The well is approximately 44 meters deep.  The rectangular basin of the well surrounded by rock surface is 13 meters long and 10 meters wide. Currently, the water of the well is utilized for irrigation purposes.  Scholars are of the view that the well was caused due to collapse of the top layer of soil exposing a limestone cavern connected to an underground water ...

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SBS 30th Anniversary with Admiral Ravindra Chandrasiri Wijegunaratne – the founder and first CO of Sri Lanka Navy Special Boats Squadron (SBS) Admiral Ravi Wijegunaratne, the founder and first CO of Sri Lanka Navy Special Boats Squadron (SBS); the Naval Commando Unit at Navy House, Trincomalee with Petty Officer ( SBS) S Kumara Basnayake , who was injured on 10th November 1995, fighting against LTTE terrorists at Ilankanthai, South of Trincomalee and wife and son of Chief Petty Officer (SBS) K G Shantha, PWV, the recipient of Highest Gallantry Medal of Sri Lanka – Parama Wira Wibushanaya for his exceptional Gallantry and valour in sacrificing his own life to protect brother officers and sailors  at Seas off Point Pedro on 1st November 2008.  SBS planned number of Religious ceremonies to remember fallen heroes (51 of them) fighting LTTE terrorists from November 1993 to May 2009.  ...

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Remembering War Heroes on 30th Anniversary of Sri Lanka Navy Special Boats Squadron Commander (VNF) Cedric Martenstyn- Co- Founder of SBS – By Admiral Ravindra C Wijegunaratne Former Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of The Navy Chairman Trincomalee Petroleum Terminals Ltd Commander (VNF) Cedric Martenstyn Cedric Martenstyn was a very rich and affluent man. He owned a house in Colombo 7 , valuable properties throughout the country, vehicles/ speed boats and ran the lucrative business of importing Johnson and Evanrude Out board Motors (OBM) and sold to local fishermen and fish businessmen. He was the local agent these OBMs and very popular product among humble fishermen of our country for their reliability and after sales service. He was fondly known as “Sudu Mahattaya “(white Gentleman) by humble fishermen and he will travel in his double cab to length and breadth of country to meet them and solve their problems ...

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Remembering Heroes on 30th Anniversary of Special Boats Squadron – What I Learnt from The War Hero’s Son – By Admiral Ravindra C Wijegunaratne  Former Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of The Navy Chairman Trincomalee Petroleum Terminals Ltd Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.’ — Mother Teresa “I learned true essence of GRATITUDE from this War Hero’s son” My mobile phone rang a few years back when I was Chief of Defence Staff (Senior most officer of Sri Lanka Military). It’s a number I have not saved. I answered the call. A faint voice of a young child on the other end. “Sir I am Wikum Anuhas, Son of Chief Petty Officer K G Shantha.” Yes Son! I replied. Late Chief Petty Officer KG Shantha was from elite Special Boats Squadron (SBS), the Naval Commando Unit who paid ...

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Remembering heroes on 30th Anniversary of Sri Lanka Navy Special Boats Squadron Source:Island The desk in Flag Lieutenant (Aide-de-Camp) office allocated to late Lt. Commander (SBS) Samantha W. Gallage, WWV, RWP, RSP when Admiral Wijegunaratne was Navy Commander, and Chief of Defence Staff. By Admiral Ravindra C Wijegunaratne (Retired from Sri Lanka Navy) Former Chief of Defence Staff & Commander of The Navy Chairman Trincomalee Petroleum Terminals Ltd. Thirty years ago, in Fort Hammenhiel, Karainagar, two officers and 42 sailors volunteered to undergo a special training to start a new unit in our Navy; it was known as the Special Boat Squadron (SBS) or the Naval Commando Unit. The SBS was formed to fight the LTTE’s Sea Tigers in lagoons and waterways. I was fortunate enough to command the unit and train my men to be the “Bravest of the Brave” in the Navy. I was a young Lieutenant Commander ...

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Remembering Heroes on 30th Anniversary of Sri Lanka Navy Special Boats Squadron – By Admiral Ravindra C Wijegunaratne (Retired from Sri Lanka Navy) Former Chief of Defence Staff & Commander of The Navy Chairman Trincomalee Petroleum Terminals Ltd. Samantha with his son after receiving two gallantry medals from HE the President on 4th Feb 1996 (8 months before his death) Thirty years ago, in Fort Hammenhiel, Karainagar, two officers and 42 sailors, volunteered to undergo a special training to start a new unit in our navy known as the Special Boat Squadron (SBS) or the Naval Commando Unit. SBS was formed to fight against LTTE Sea Tigers in lagoons and waterways. I was fortunate enough to command this unit and train my men to be the “Bravest of the Brave” in the Navy. I was a young Lieutenant Commander at that time and my Second-in-Command was an officer more than ...

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