Maldivian Coast Guard Vessel Huravee which destroyed Sri krishna, a large Indian fishing trawler commandeered by the LTTE in the Maldivian waters last May had left Colombo after a three-day visit, Navy headquarters said.
The vessel was on her way back to the Maldives after undergoing repairs at Chennai. This is her second visit to Colombo, since last October.
The 46-meter Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) formerly Tillan Chang of the Indian navy attacked Sri Krishna carrying a consignment of ammunition after LTTE cadres fired at a Maldivian fishing craft in their southern territorial waters. Sri Krishna went down near Gaaf Alif waters but the Huravee rescued five of the nine-man crew. The rescued persons included the Indian Captain of Sri Krishna, registered with Verkodu Visai Padahu Meenavar Sangam Verkodu, Rameswaram, which had been seized by the LTTE on March 4, 2007.
The Maldives promptly gave the SLN access to the suspects in their custody.
Navy Commander Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda is on record saying that interrogation of them, too, facilitated subsequent operations on the high seas to track down and sink what he called floating arsenals of the LTTE.
The unexpected interception also thwarted an LTTE attempt to blame the disappearance of Sri Krishna on the Sri Lanka Navy.
Along with the Maldivian vessel, Sukanya of the Indian navy had arrived at the Colombo harbour on a good will mission.
INS Suknaya is an OPV currently assigned to the Eastern Naval Command based at Viskhapatnam. She is capable of operating medium sized helicopters, too.