International Sail Past today
The International Sail Past held in view of the Sri Lanka Navy’s 60th Anniversary was held in today (11 December 2010). Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe received the Chief Guest, Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, up on his arrival at the Galle Face Promonade. Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonathilaka and Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya were among the distinguished guests.
Making yet another milestone in the Naval history of Sri Lanka’s, eight ships from Bangladesh (BNS Umar Farooq), China (Lanzhou), India (INS Mysore and INS Tarangini), Iran (IRIS Alvand, Pakistan (PNS Zulfiqar), Russia (Admiral Vinogradov) and Thailand (HTMS Chonbury) Navies joined their Sri Lankan counterparts SLNS Samudura, Sayurala, Suranimala, Nandimithra, Shakthi, Prathapa, Jayasagara and Ranawickrama to sail in formations at sea to mark the diamond jubilee of the Sri Lanka Navy.
The locally made highly efficient Arrow boats of the Special Boat Squadron (SBS) and Rapid Action Boat Squadron (RABS), Wave rider craft, Fast Attack Craft, Dvoras and also the Jet Liner passenger craft took part in the formations.
After emerging victorious from a three decade old conflict Sri Lanka has embarked on a new journey to become the miracle of Asia. Turning a new leaf in the annals Naval history Sri Lanka Navy has conducted a series of events with the participation of International Navies to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The Sri Lanka Navy’s transmission from a fighting Navy to a conventional Navy has been smooth and quick which has enabled it, not only to keep vigil over the blues but also render its invaluable service in the rebuilding of the motherland.
The International Sail Past was held in the waters of the Indian Ocean off Galle Face Greens at 04.30 in the evening. The International ships began their journey home soon after the Sail Past.
On behalf of the Sri Lanka Navy we thank you for making the ‘Diamond of the silent blue’ a big success.
We wish you plain sailing with fair weather and stern winds.