Special team infiltrates enemy ship and takes it over Navy brings in captured LTTE vessel involved in bid to evacuate P karan

  • 22 Dec 2009 13:18:09 GMT

    There are 3 more. There are other ships apart from these, registered and leased through legitimate companies etc

    [weapons for Sri Lanka, as the crew confessed????]

    Not correct.

    As far as I know they were to unload in Iran.

  • 23 Dec 2009 07:37:53 GMT

    This is the fabricated story by the gouvernment just for the election.Let us read it as follows.

    Puttalam District UNP M.P. Range Bandara issuing a communiqu-65533 said, the Govt. -65533 s claim that a LTTE ship -65533 Princess Cresinta-65533 has been seized and brought to SL is a fabrication by the Govt. to get political mileage at the Forthcoming Presidential elections.

    The communiqu-65533 also says it is questionable whether this vessel belongs to the LTTE or to another Co. He alleged that this ship has been bought by cash payment from Djakarata, Indonesia by the intervention of a Sri Lanka Naval Officer. He challenged the Govt. to show evidence that the vessel is of the LTTE. The LTTE had a fleet of vessels, 20 large ships and a thousand small vessels according to media reports. Of them ,the Army destroyed one large ship. What is important now is the answer to the question as to who is presently enjoying the income from these remaining ships.

    World wide, the LTTE had over 300 fuel stations. They also had Bank accounts in various countries. We demand the Rajapakse Govt. to clearly declare to the people who is collecting the income during the last few months. Is it the Govt. or any other Company? Meanwhile, views have been expressed that, this ship was earmarked for iron scrap in Indonesia which has been bought and brought to SL. If this is a vessel seized, where is the crew of the ship?. On the other hand, if this ship-65533 s ownership was transferred to the Navy Chief, there must be transfer documents. In that case where and how did this transfer occur? As the officials are unable to furnish answers to the questions, it only confirms that this is a vessel which was discarded as scrap that was bought and brought to SL.

  • 23 Dec 2009 07:39:41 GMT

    According to the ttalam UNP MP there is no any proof to sasay that tis vessel belongs to LTTE.

    what is this story. Is it just to cheat the sinhalese people to get their votes??????

  • 23 Dec 2009 10:56:32 GMT

    [what is this story. Is it just to cheat the sinhalese people to get their votes??????]

    No Bro, just to tell the world, SLDF are THE baddest Mofo`s on the planet!

  • 24 Dec 2009 23:46:49 GMT

    LTTE bought five ships during Eelam War IV

    Shamindra Ferdinando

    An LTTE vessel recently seized and brought to Colombo by the Sri Lanka Navy had been among five ships acquired by the group during the Eelam War IV though they could not be used at least once to smuggle in weapons.

    Unlike the eight LTTE-operated vessels hunted down on the high seas from September, 2006 to October, 2007, the fleet of five ships bought legitimately had been registered with Lloyds.

    Government sources told The Island that most of the vessels, if not all were of Japanese origin and were bought through front companies. Sources said that the vessels, including the one brought to Colombo were constantly under surveillance during the war with the help of foreign intelligence services. A six-man SLN team comprised four officers and two men had stealthy infiltrated a harbour situated at a remote island in South East Asia about a month ago to take control of the 90-metre ship, sources said.

    The LTTE had abandoned the vessel in April/May after failing in their bid to mount a rescue operation.

    Former Navy Commander Admiral (Rtd) Wasantha Karannagoda yesterday told The Island that the LTTE threw some 6,000 rounds of mortars overboard from one of the ships at the last stages of the war. Once they knew that they could not breach the SLN blockade on the last LTTE stronghold at Mullaitivu, the enemy had no option but to discard their arsenal. He said that by early this year, the Sea Tigers lost their wherewithal to challenge the SLN not only on the high seas but coastal waters as well.

  • 24 Dec 2009 23:47:51 GMT

    Government sources said that of the remaining four ships, one had been in the custody of Canada since October. Sources pointed out that unlike the vessel seized by the SLN, the ship now in Canadian custody had arrived at an Indian port after the end of the war in May. Sources said that the ship had left an Indian port last September before being intercepted in Canadian waters. Sources expressed confidence that Canada and India would cooperate on this issue in a bid to identify LTTE terrorists among the 76 persons, who tried to reach Canada illegally in the detained LTTE ship.

    Sources said that they were in the process of tracking down LTTE assets, including remaining ships as part of an intelligence operation conducted under the purview of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

    Karannagoda told State-run Rupavahini, early this week that he obtained President Mahinda Rajapaksa s approval to launch operations on the high seas as his old fleet of Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) could have been vulnerable. He revealed that they had to be ready for any eventuality as inclement weather could have caused trouble for the ageing fleet. `But the President gave us the approval,` he said adding that only the President and the Defence Secretary knew exactly what was going on. He said that the bottom line is that their operations targeting eight LTTE ships could have gone wrong and SLN ships lost on the high seas in bad weather. The SLN hit LTTE ships in four separate operations far away from land.

  • 25 Dec 2009 07:04:02 GMT

    Govt acquires LTTE vessel -

    [* Largest of eight LTTE vessels acquired by Navy

    * Vessel was to be used to aid LTTE leaders escape

    Princess Chrisanta, a cargo vessel formerly belonging to the LTTE was acquired by the Navy yesterday. It was held in a foreign country and was acquired through information gained through the state intelligence service, on a directive by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa.

    It is believed that the vessel was to be used to aid the escape of LTTE leaders following heavy losses in the war.

    It has the capacity to carry one light helicopter.

    This is the largest of the eight LTTE vessels discovered or acquired by the Navy so far. The vessel, 90 metres in length and 16 metres in depth has an enormous cargo capacity of 5,000 metric tons.

    The vessel was escorted into the Colombo harbour yesterday. It was brought to the harbour by Navy tug boats Nandimitra and Vijayabahu.

    Six Navy personnel, led by former Media Secretary to the Navy, K.P.K. Dassanayake took part in the exercise. The vessel which is now a property of the Sri Lankan Navy will be used in the future by the Navy as well as in the country s development process. It is currently fully operational, needing only a few minor adjustments.

    Navy Commander Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe emphasized that the LTTE had a strong international shipping network and received much support from foreign countries.

    However following the battle over terrorism, an increasing number of countries have decided to join forces with Sri Lanka and this situation would continue in the future, he said.]

  • 2 Jan 2010 22:33:29 GMT

    Admiral Vasantha Karannagoda

    We will seize the other 4 Tiger vessels too -

    [We destroyed eight Tiger vessels from September 2006 to October 2007, sinking military hardware weighing over 10,000 metric tons. The LTTE had no more vessels to haul armaments after that. They purchased five new vessels towards the end of 2008. We received instant intelligence regarding this procurement.

    The vessels we destroyed earlier had been unregistered ones. However, they had registered the five vessels purchased later. These vessels registered as commercial vessels were mostly operating in the seas off South China. Operations of these vessels were based on harbours in Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia. However, they never entered the Indian Ocean.

    We were receiving constant intelligence relating to these vessels from a certain country. This particular country was keeping the sea routes these vessels were using under surveillance. This friendly country had assured the Navy and me personally, that they would promptly inform us if any of the vessels happened to enter the Indian Ocean. However, these vessels always kept away from the Indian Ocean.

    Following the decimation of the LTTE, a special intelligence operation was launched under the direction of Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to destroy the LTTE international network. As a result of this operation, we could arrest the leader of LTTE s international operations Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP . The five vessels owned by the LTTE too was a target of Special Intelligence Operation. The Princess Chrisantha too was seized under this operation. I hope that we will succeed in seizing the remaining four Tiger vessels as well.

    Some middle level leaders of the LTTE are still active in certain countries. Although the LTTE, as a military outfit, is no more, the LTTE s international network is still functioning. I am certain that the Special Intelligence Operation functioning directly under Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will succeed in dismantling the entire international network of the LTTE soon.]

  • 2 Jan 2010 23:09:47 GMT

    Intelligence, State secrets and betrayals

    By Sugeeswara Senadhira

    Any student of political science and international affairs is aware that heads of governments in any form of government, whether democracy, dictatorship or monarchy, from time to time take steps that may interfere in the internal affairs of another nation or violate the law of another country. However, such steps are taken in the belief that they would be in the interest of his or her nation.

    It is no secret that US Presidents have instructed the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to assassinate Patrice Lumumba of Congo and President Salvador Allende of Chile. The CIA also made several unsuccessful attempts on the lives of President Castro and Colonel Muammar Ghaddafi with the prior approval of the President of the United States. What is interesting here is that not a single leader of either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party or the members of the US Congress or the US Senate raised these issues or demanded that the President should disclose these coverted activities. The simple reason for this covert approval of the opposition is that they were unanimous in their opinion that these actions were taken in the interest of the United States.

    Closer home, in India Mrs Indira Gandhi had authorised the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) to launch certain illegal activities in several neighbouring countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. The then Sri Lanka High Commissioner Bernard Tilakaratna called on the Indian Opposition Leader Atal Behari Vajpayee several times and told him about the attempts of interference in Sri Lanka s internal affairs by the government of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and urged him to raise it in Parliament. Vajpayee diplomatically and politely declined and explained that it was not the policy of the Indian opposition to challenge the Government on its foreign policy and defence issues.

  • 2 Jan 2010 23:10:54 GMT

    Contrary to this unwritten foreign tradition, recently, several Sri Lankan politicians questioned the government on measures taken to get the LTTE funds and assets back to the country. It is not a surprise when a minor political party which from time to time has challenged the democratic system of Sri Lanka to resort to such tactics which are detrimental to the national interest. However, for a leader of a national party which ruled the country for over three decades, to make such statements and pose challenges to the government on such sensitive matters is, to say the least, highly detrimental to the national interest.

    Sri Lankan intelligence officers, in their global campaign against LTTE terrorist activities have launched many a secret mission in different parts of the world. Some of their actions may not have been strictly within the legal systems of those countries. These gallant agents have risked their lives and may have violated many laws in different countries in their attempts to destroy or disrupt LTTE global fund raising and money laundering activities.

    The arrest, or rather the abduction of Kumaran Pathmanathan was one of the highlights of the activities of our valiant intelligence officers. If one strictly adheres to the laws of either Malaysia, Thailand or Indonesia, it would have been impossible to trace the notorious KP. When such a mission has ended successfully, it is the duty of the entire nation to hail the heroes without raising embarrassing and damaging questions on their modus operandi.

    It is general knowledge that there are thousands of LTTE-owned commercial establishments in many countries. Although the LTTE had invested money to start these commercial establishments they have been registered under the names of loyal LTTE cadres or sympathisers who have obtained nationality of those countries. Hence the legitimate owners of these commercial ventures are Sri Lankan Tamils who are now citizens of those countries. I am in a position to provide the names of commercial establishments in la Chapelle in Paris and Grondland in Oslo owned by Tamils of Sri Lankan origin. But the funds for these ventures came from the LTTE.

    As the legitimate owners are citizens of those countries they have all the legal protections of the judicial systems in those countries. Hence it will be an extremely difficult task to get these LTTE funds back to the country through legal means.

    However, experts on military police intelligence will no doubt explore possibilities to get the LTTE owned ships and other valuable resources by various methods and such methods cannot be disclosed to the public for obvious reasons.

    Under these circumstances, the nation should allow these intelligence officials to operate without any hindrance. This is a time, when all the politicians, officials and ordinary individuals should refrain from asking embarrassing questions on the methodology of obtaining LTTE funds and assets back to the country.