Navy bids farewell to Rear Admiral Sanath Uthpala

Rear Admiral Sanath Uthpala today (14th June 2021) retired from naval service, upon completion of his distinguished career spanning over 34 years in the Navy.

14 Jun 2021

Rear Admiral Upul De Silva assumes duties as Commandant Volunteer Naval Force

Rear Admiral Upul De Silva assumed duties as Commandant Volunteer Naval Force at the Volunteer Naval Force Headquarters today (14th June 2021). Subsequent to the assumption of duties, he also called on Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne at the Navy Headquarters.

14 Jun 2021

Navy seizes a stock of Kerala cannabis worth about Rs. 71 million with 03 suspects

The Navy seized about 237kg and 500g of Kerala cannabis along with 03 suspects and a dinghy, during a special operation conducted in seas north of Point Pedro today (14th June 2021).

14 Jun 2021

Navy seizes over 219kg of heroin worth over Rs. 1758 million

A special search operation conducted by the Navy in the coastal area of Polwathumodara, Weligama in the dark hours on 12th June 2021, led to the seizure of over 219kg of heroin attempted to be smuggled into the island by sea and apprehension of 09 suspects involved in the illegal act.

13 Jun 2021

Boossa COVID-19 Intermediate Care Centre receives medical and essential supplies

Leesons Hospital and Dialog Axiata PLC partnering with Manusath Derana charity initiative handed over a stock of medical supplies, beds and other essentials, needed to the Navy-managed COVID-19 Intermediate Care Centre in Boossa, to Commander Southern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Prasanna Hewage, at the Command Headquarters on 04th and 11th June 2021.

12 Jun 2021

A project kicks off to culture artificial reef in Northern waters

The Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources with the assistance of Navy today (11th June 2021) launched a project to culture artificial reef off the Delft Island. Through this project, it is expected to enhance biodiversity in the coastal waters off the islands in Jaffna peninsula.

11 Jun 2021

Commander of the Navy appreciates contribution of ICGS ‘Samudra Prahari’, ‘Vajra’ and ‘Vaibhav’

Appreciative of the praiseworthy contribution made by Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) ‘Samudra Prahari’, ‘Vajra’ and ‘Vaibhav’ during damage control operation in collaboration with other stakeholders, following MV X-PRESS PEARL caught fire off Colombo harbour on 20th May 2021, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne presented Letters of Appreciation to the Commanding Officers of those ships in a simple ceremony at the port of Colombo today (10th June 2021).

10 Jun 2021

Navy apprehends 45 suspects with 4040 illegally harvested sea cucumbers

Search operations carried out by the Navy from April to thus far (05th June 2021) in the Northern and North Central Naval Commands led to the apprehension of 45 suspects with 4040 illegally harvested sea cucumbers and diving gears.

09 Jun 2021

Navy apprehends a suspect with smuggled stock of Kendu leaves and dried turmeric

The Navy managed to apprehend a suspect with about 514kg of Kendu leaves and 70kg of dried turmeric attempted to be smuggled into the island via sea routes, during a special search operation conducted in the beach area of Vankalai, Mannar today (08th June 2021).

08 Jun 2021

First phase of Navy-built COVID-19 Intermediate Care Centre opened in Werellawatta

Sri Lanka Navy initiated the conversion of a closed factory in the Werellawatta area in Gampaha into a COVID-19 Intermediate Care Centre, strengthening the Government's programme to expand facilities required for the treatment of COVID-19 infected individuals. The first phase of this Intermediate Care Centre with 650 beds was inaugurated today (07th June 2021) under the patronage of the Minister of Health, Hon. Pavithra Wanniarachchi.

08 Jun 2021

Navy brings ashore another critically ill fisherman for treatment

Sri Lanka Navy brought ashore another critically ill fisherman and rushed him to hospital for treatment today (07th June 2021). The fisherman who was aboard a fishing trawler in seas about 85 nautical miles (about 157 km) southwest of Beruwala, had suddenly fallen ill and was in critical condition.

07 Jun 2021

Thirty two (32) Navy relief teams engaged in flood relief operations

To provide relief to the people affected by floods in the Western, Southern and Sabaragamuwa Provinces due to heavy rains, Sri Lanka Navy has deployed 32 relief teams in flood relief operations in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Galle and Rathnapura. Meanwhile, the Navy teams continue to attend urgent relief operations focusing the flood affected communities today (07th June 2021) as well.

07 Jun 2021

Navy seizes Kerala cannabis worth over Rs. 28 million in Nagarkovil

A special foot patrol conducted by the Navy in the beach area of Nagarkovil today (07th June 2021) led to the seizure of a stock of Kerala cannabis weighing around 96kg.

07 Jun 2021

Naval mobile boat patrol in place for safety of peoples’ property in Megoda Kolonnawa

Sri Lanka Navy has commenced a mobile boat patrol since tonight (06th June 2021) to provide security to the houses and properties of the people displaced due to the floods in the Megoda Kolonnawa area.

06 Jun 2021

Navy undertakes special diving operation at MV X-PRESS PEARL

A team comprising several senior diving officers of the Sri Lanka Navy, conducted a special diving operation today (06th June 2021) to inspect if there is any fuel leakage from the fire-damaged MV X-PRESS PEARL.

06 Jun 2021

Navy rescues 27 more flood victims in Gampaha district

The Navy today (06th June 2021) managed to rescue 27 individuals, including children and women, affected by floods in Ja-Ela area in the Gampaha district, with the onset of showery weather condition. Upon being rescued, these persons were swiftly accommodated in safe locations and facilitated with relief measures.

06 Jun 2021

Navy rescues 66 more persons victimized by flood in Gampaha and Kalutara districts

Sri Lanka Navy has deployed 33 relief tams in the Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa and Northwestern Provinces to provide relief to the people affected by the floods caused by torrential rains. By this afternoon (05th June 2021), Navy relief teams have rescued to 66 more persons including children and women, affected by floods in several areas in the Gampaha and Kalutara districts and provided them relief measures.

05 Jun 2021

Related to the news release under the title ‘Navy brings ashore a fisherman injured at high seas for treatment’ on 04th June 2021

Sri Lanka Navy rushed the severely injured fisherman to the hospital for treatment, upon he was brought ashore today (05th June 2021). The fisherman onboard a local multi-day fishing trawler had been in critical condition due to a severe injury while at high seas, about 345 nautical miles (about 638km) from the Great Basses Lighthouse to the southeast of Sri Lanka.

05 Jun 2021

Navy rescues 29 flood victims in Puttalam district

The Navy has deployed 16 relief teams, including personnel from the Rapid Response Rescue and Relief Unit (4RU), covering the Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa and North Western Provinces which are at risk of floods, following torrential rains in several parts of the island. Meanwhile, Navy relief teams on 04th June 2021 rescued 29 people, including women and children, who were in a desperate situation tapped by flash flood.

05 Jun 2021

Navy and Coast Guard leap into action to skim furnace oil mixed with rain water from Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery

The separator tanks containing furnace oil at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery managed by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, have overflowed with the ingress of rain water following heavy downpour. Responding to this eventuality, the Navy and Sri Lanka Coast Guard leaped into action this evening (04th June 2021) to skim the furnace oil exposed to the external environment and to prevent further spread of it.

04 Jun 2021

Navy brings ashore a fisherman injured at high seas for treatment

Sri Lanka Navy today (04th June 2021) dispatched Sri Lanka Naval Ship (SLNS) ‘Sayura’ to bring ashore an injured fisherman for treatment. The fisherman onboard a local multi-day fishing trawler had been in critical condition due to a severe injury while at high seas, about 345 nautical miles (about 638km) from the Great Basses Lighthouse to the southeast of Sri Lanka. Upon retrieving the patient aboard SLNS ‘Sayura’ around 1130 hrs today, he was administered first aid by the Navy.

04 Jun 2021

Navy and Coast Guard facilitate ongoing investigations into MV X-PRESS PEARL

Sri Lanka Navy today (04th June 2021) facilitated a team of government officials who is conducting investigations into the fire-hit MV X-PRESS PEARL, by transferring them onboard Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship ‘Samudraraksha’ to the sea area where the partially submerged vessel is located.

04 Jun 2021

Navy ushers immediate relief to people victimized by flood

The Navy has deployed 13 relief teams covering the flood prone areas in the Western and Southern Provinces to provide relief to the people affected by floods, brought in due to recent heavy rains in many parts of the country.

04 Jun 2021

85’s old boys of Nalanda College provide supplies to COVID-19 Intermediate Care Centre in Boossa

The Old Boy’s Association (1985) of Nalanda College, Colombo provided essential supplies for the use of the Intermediate Care Centre for COVID-19 in Boossa, maintained by Sri Lanka Navy. The supplies were handed over to the Commander Southern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Prasanna Hewage at the Command Headquarters on 03rd June 2021.

04 Jun 2021

Navy relief teams deployed to respond to flood emergency

Sri Lanka Navy today (03rd June 2021) pre-deployed 05 relief teams in several localities in the Southern and Western Provinces, to respond to possible floods triggered by heavy rains in many areas across the island.

03 Jun 2021

Outgoing Russian Military, Air and Naval Attaché calls on Commander of the Navy

The outgoing Military, Air and Naval Attaché at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Colombo, Colonel Denis I. Shkoda made his farewell call on Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne at the Navy Headquarters today (03rd June 2021).

03 Jun 2021

Another smuggled consignment of dried turmeric and big onion seeds held with 06 suspects

A special search operation carried out by the Navy in the lagoon area of Wattakkalliya, Chilaw on 02nd June 2021 made way to the seizure of 362kg and 950g of dried turmeric and 571kg and 400g of big onion seeds attempted to be smuggled into the island. The operation also led to the apprehension of 06 suspects in connection to this illegal act.

03 Jun 2021

Navy assists rescue of fishermen aboard fishing vessel in distress

Sri Lanka Navy today (02nd June 2021) rendered assistance to safely bring ashore a group of fishermen who were aboard a distressed fishing vessel in the Southern seas.

02 Jun 2021

Navy Hydrographic Service conducts post survey on environmental impact of fire-damaged MV X-PRESS PEARL

RV ‘Samudrika', a research vessel from the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA), operated by the Sri Lanka Navy Hydrographic Service (SLNHS) was deployed on 01st June 2021 to collect water and sediment samples from the sea area where the distressed ship MV X-PRESS PEARL was laying. The primary objective of this sample collection was to conduct a post survey on the environmental impact following this ill-fated incident.

02 Jun 2021

Navy seizes another stock of Kerala cannabis worth over Rs.30 million together with a suspect

During a special foot patrol conducted in Masankuda beach area, Madagal this morning (02nd June 2021) the Navy managed to seize about 101kg and 700g of Kerala cannabis attempted to be smuggled into the island. Further, a suspect involved in this racketeering and a dingy used to transfer the narcotics were also taken into naval custody.

02 Jun 2021