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Sri Lanka Navy takes part in First Anniversary National Victory Parade   

"It follows than as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious."
                                                                                  President George Washington

The defenders of the ocean, the Sri Lanka Navy, which forms a Golden Fence around the nation, took part in the First Anniversary National Victory Parade held under the patronage of the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa at Galle Face in Colombo today, the 18th of June 2010.

Prime Minister Hon. DM Jayaratne, Ministers, Members of Parliament and Diplomatic Corps, Secretary of Defence Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, many religious and civilian dignitaries and a large number of grateful citizens made their presence at the occasion of the first anniversary of Victory Day to pay tribute to the valiant troops who defeated terrorism decisively.

Acting Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force Air Chief Marshal Roshan Gunathileka, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, Director General of Civil Defence Department Rear Admiral Ananda Peiris and Inspector General of Police Mahinda Balasuriya were in attendance.

Representing the Sri Lanka Navy, Commodore NAN Sarathsena rode in the observation vehicle at the parade. The Naval Contingent comprised of Naval Forces from the Northern Front Commanded by Rear Admiral Shriyantha Udawatte, the Eastern Front commanded by Rear Admiral Susith Weeresekera and the Vanni Front commanded by Rear Admiral Rohan Amarasinghe. They comprised of seamen, a miscellaneous section of sailors, patrolmen, Special Boat Squadron, Rapid Action Boat Squadron and Fast Attack Craft Flotilla personnel and women sailors. Two elite SBS personnel took part in the free fall sky diving that followed proving their prowess in aerial stunts.

Sri Lanka Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessels, Fast Gun Boats, Fast Attack Craft and Arrow boats sailed past in a formation in the seas off Galle Face Green paying their tribute as the Naval contingent marched past the special dais where the President took the salute of the Armed Forces and the Police. Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), SLNS Sayura, SLNS Samudura, SLNS Sayurala and SLNS Jayasagara, Fast Missile Vessels (FMVs) SLNS Suranimala and SLNS Nandimithra, Fast Gun Boats Abheetha and Ranadheera, 12 Fast Attack Craft (FACs), Passenger Craft “Jet Liner” and A 543 and 20 Arrow boats participated in the Sail Past displaying their manoeuvrability.

Sri Lanka Navy: “Rata vata bandi ran veta”

Sri Lanka Navy played a pivotal role in eradicating the three-decade long brutal terrorism from the soil of Sri Lanka by battling it out on the high seas with an unsurpassed commitment to the protection of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Motherland. Naval forces confronted the enemy from three war fronts and defeated them decisively in well-coordinated Naval battles recording resounding victories.

 

NAVAL TROOPS OF THE EASTERN WAR FRONT

The Naval troops of the Eastern Front  fulfilled a tremendous task by keeping sea routes secure for the provision of essential food supply to the innocent civilians trapped in the Northern peninsula. They thwarted the LTTE attacks and kept a huge Naval barrier to disrupt the North-East LTTE supply network. They fought valiantly to clear the route for advancing troops of SL Army through marshy sea areas and provided the Naval Gun power support from the coast while providing continuous sea transportation for injured soldiers and civilians.   

NAVAL TROOPS OF THE NORTHERN WAR FRONT

The Naval troops of the Northern War Front contributed to protect the lives of innocent civilians living in Northern islands. They coordinated the unloading of essential food items at Kankasanturai Harbor and distributed them without delay. Naval troops provided transport facilities for military and police personnel deployed in the Northern peninsula, blocked the LTTE sea supply routes and protected the advancing Army troops on land from LTTE attacks via sea and lagoon areas.

NAVAL TROOPS OF THE WANNI WAR FRONT

The Naval troops of the Wanni War Front contributed in the capture of LTTE supply routes and the protection of the advancing Army troops from LTTE attacks from sea. Four strong Naval defence lines were established to prevent the escape of the LTTE cadres by sea and to trap them to the land. They also made a remarkable contribution in rescuing thousands of civilians who fled from the LTTE grip admits heavy sea tiger attacks. Naval troops provided them with necessary food and medicine and evacuated the fleeing civilians using sea routes while mounting heavy counter-attacks on sea tigers to weaken their suicide threat.          

Salute to the valiant Forces!

Hence, on this historic occasion, Sri Lanka Navy stands proud to be part of the collective effort to achieve the final victory in vanquishing separatist terrorism from the soil of Mother Lanka and feels a humble happiness in its contributions to accomplish the mission entrusted.