Public Viewing of 'Princess Chrisantha' extended
Due to the great demand from the people, public viewing of “Princess Chrisantha” has been extended upto the 2nd of January.
In a rare opportunity to view an LTTE Ship once used for arms smuggling across international waters, General Public have been granted permission to board the ex-LTTE Ship “Princess Chrisantha” which is now alongside at the New Jetty in the Galle Harbour and see its interior for the first time. They are also allowed to come on board the Navy’s Flag Ship SLNS Sayura which is also there for public access. Visitors can see both ships from 1000 to 1600 hrs daily.
The ex-LTTE Ship “Princess Chrisantha” was brought to Sri Lanka by the Sri Lanka Navy on 21 December 2009 after a well-coordinated national level Intelligence operation led by Secretary of Defence Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
SLNS Sayura is Sri Lanka Navy’s largest Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) which is tasked with deep sea surveillance both within the Sri Lanka’s Exclusive Economic Zone and beyond. It took part in the maritime operations conducted by the Navy to destroy the LTTE’s “floating warehouses” which were engaged in arms smuggling for the terror outfit.