Navy launches beach cleaning drives coinciding with International Coastal Cleanup Day and Marine Resources Conservation Week

Sri Lanka Navy conducted several cleanup drives in beach areas covering all naval commands this morning (17th September 2022), in parallel with the International Coastal Cleanup Day and Marine Resources Conservation Week.

Going by the directives of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, the Sri Lanka Navy often contributes to beach cleanup efforts, with a view to minimize plastic and polythene waste entering the ocean and protect the pristine coastal environment for the future generation.

Accordingly, the Western Naval Command in Galle Face and Crow Island Beaches, Eastern Naval Command in Back Bay Beach, Trincomalee, North Central Naval Command in Urumalai Beach, Northwestern Naval Command in Kallaru, Anawasala, Gangewadiya and Karukapane Beaches, Southeastern Naval Command in Arugambay Beach, Northern Naval Command in Madagal, Pungudutivu and Delft Beaches and Southern Naval Command in Rekawa Beach conducted these beach cleanup programmes. During this timely effort, naval personnel helped restore the attractiveness of the beaches by removing plastic and other waste scattered along the coastline.

The beach cleanup drive at the Galle Face was carried out under the supervision of the Chief of Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Priyantha Perera and the efforts conducted in each Naval Command were well supported by officers and sailors from the Navy Headquarters and respective Naval Commands.