Sri Lanka Navy place underwater defence system in the North

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By Ravin Edirisinghe

Colombo, 23 January, ( a message sent by the Sri Lanka Navy few days ago informed the Indian Navy, that they have placed "an underwater defence system" between Kachchathivu and Delft Island in order to curb sea tiger movements.LTTE Sea Mine recovered from Nayaru on 14 April 2007

Commodore P.Van Haltren, the naval officer-in-charge, Tamil Nadu, talking to media stated that he had received the communication from the Sri Lanka Navy on the installation of the system. The same message has been then passed to the Chief Secretary L.K Tripathy.

Even though we in Sri Lanka have not heard of a recent underwater attack targeting the Sri Lanka Navy, by implementing these types of defence systems in strategically important places the Navy has sent a clear message to the sea tigers. Sea tigers in a failed mission tried to send underwater suicide divers to Colombo harbour in 17 June, 2006.

The naval surveillance patrol craft operating in the eastern seas detected some 24 sea mines placed by the tigers in April last year. Naval divers were called in for action and they removed all of these sea mines making the sea area safe not only for the Navy but also for the fishing community in Nayaru area.

Looking back at the past couple of years one would see that tigers have not utilized their underwater element against the Navy for two reasons. One due to the advanced underwater detection systems the Navy has placed especially in the harbors and its approaches....

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