The acquired LTTE ship, ‘PRINCESS CHRISANTA’ brought in to Colombo Harbour by Sri Lanka Navy

The destroying of eight LTTE ships by the Sri Lanka Navy described as floating warehouses can be described as a turning point in the Humanitarian Operations launched by the valiant security forces to liberate the country from the clutches of terror. Today, (21st December 2009) the nation marked another victory when ‘Princess Chrisanta’, an LTTE vessel acquired by Sri Lanka in a foreign country was brought in to the Colombo harbor by Sri Lanka Navy.

The acquiring of this vessel comes as a result of a highly successful intelligence operation carried out at national level under the directive of Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The 90m long and 16m wide vessel has a capacity of 5000 tons. Under the guidance of Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, Sri Lanka Naval personnel led by Captain DKP Dassanayaka manned the vessel successfully sailing it for thousands of miles through international waters before entering Colombo harbor today morning.

According to information received the vessel had been used to transport arms and ammunition to the terrorists. It is also learned that the vessel had been kept ready to make good the escape of the LTTE leadership at the final stages of the Humanitrian Operations. Thanks to the Sri Lanka Navy’s stringent security precautions kept in place in order to prevent intrusions or escape the terrorists did not undertake any such efforts to escape as they found it both futile and impossible. The three rings of security cordon placed at sea utilizing both small and large vessels of the Navy did not leave any place for the trapped terrorist hierarchy to take desperate measures in the final stages of the Humanitarian Operations through sea.

Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, Director General Operations Rear Admiral SAMJ Perera, Commander Western Naval Area Rear Admiral RC Wijegunarathna and many senior officers were present at the Colombo harbor to witness the historic event. Speaking to the large number of media personnel who had gathered at the Colombo harbor to cover the event, Commander of the Navy said the acquiring of this vessel by Sri Lanka was a significant achievement and it will be utilized towards both Naval and non Naval duties towards the development of the country in the future.