New Navy Commander Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah pledged in Kandy recently to
totally stop the inflow of drugs into Sri Lanka by sea within one year
according to Sri Lankan media reports.
The Navy Commander gave the pledge responding to the media after paying
homage to the sacred Tooth Relic and calling on the Mahanayake Theras of
Malwatte and Asgiriya. It is customary that top officials of the government in
the island nation invoke the blessings of the Buddhist clergy.
VA Sinniah disclosed that Sri Lanka
Navy would receive a ship from India shortly and three more vessels
subsequently. These ships would be used to guard the Sri Lankan coast so as to
prevent illicit entry of persons and contraband like drugs.
Measures would be taken to prevent Indian fishermen entering Sri Lankan
seas, the Navy Commander said. He
pledged to take every possible step to ensure security of the country by
intensifying maritime security.