Sri Lanka Navy facilitated the conduct of the annual festival of the St. Anthony’s Church located on the Palaithivu Island. The main mass was conducted by Vicar General of the Jaffna Roman Catholic Diocese. Very Rev. Dr. P.J. Jebaratnam on 28th February 2016. The main priest of the church Rev. Fr. Wasanth, including the clergy and over 10,000 devotees were also present at the event.
Under the direction of Commander Northern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva, Sri Lanka Navy provided all the facilities including beach cleaning, electricity and drinking water for the festival. Special SLN lifesaving and medical teams were deployed to ensure the safety of the devotees attending the annual festival held on 27th and 28th.