Navy website launched
by Harischandra Gunaratna

Chief of Defence Staff and Navy Commander Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri yesterday said the Sri Lanka Navy was prepared to face "any eventuality". He added that LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was an unpredictable character and the Navy will not take any chances.

"The Sri Lanka Navy, in itís journey of 54 years, developed from a small scale force to a sizeable one and has gone through difficult periods providing national security and defending the countryís territorial integrity. It has played a key role in this respect and as the commander I am proud of it", Sandagiri said.

Vice Admiral Sanadagiri was addressing a gathering of naval officers and the media after launching the new web site of the Sri Lanka Navy - - at a simple ceremony at the navy head quarters. He said "It was a long felt need for the Navy and now we can keep on par with the rest of the world where information technology is concerned. It also helps us to learn from other Navyís in the world". He expressed his gratitude to the computer advisory committee, whose dedication helped the navy achieve this success in a vital aspect in information technology. The commander also emphasized the need to keep abreast with the other navies in the region and more regional co-operation.

The Navyís first website was launched in 1997, but it was with private assistance and now it had its our own website he said.

The ceremony was also attended by the Chief of Staff of the Navy Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama. Rear Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Western Area Commander, Rear Admiral Sarath Werasekara,Director General Operations, Rear Admiral Harsha Mayadunne, Director General Logistics, Commodore Thisara Samarasinghe,Acting Director General Services and Director Naval Projects and Plans and Commodore Jayantha Perera, Director Operations were also present .


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