Navy happy Kachchatheevu feast ends well


Under the direction of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development and the supervision of Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage, Sri Lanka Navy facilitated the conduct of the annual feast of the St. Anthony’s Church in Kachchathivu on a grand scale. The feast was held yesterday (16). Over 5,200 devotees including clergy from Sri Lanka and India attended the feast, according to the Navy.

The Navy said on Commander Northern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Sarath Dissanayake’s instructions, the Navy had provided all infrastructural facilities, including installation of sanitary and drinking water facilities in the Kachchathivu Island located in Sri Lanka’s northern waters. Temporary Jetties had been made for people to secure their boats. Special SLN life saving and medical teams were deployed to ensure the safety of the devotees attending the annual festival. The Navy also supplied meals to the devotees on as a gesture of goodwill.

A media statement issued by the Navy said the mass had been conducted by Bishop of Jaffna, assisted by Parish Priest of Kachchathivu, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage, Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Rathnayake, President of the Navy Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs. Srima Colombage, Commander Northern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Sarath Dissanayake and Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Udaya Perera were also present on the occasion.

The Navy Commander has thanked the Archbishop of Colombo and the Bishop of Jaffna for the guidance and the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka for the assistance extended to make the unique event a great success. He has expressed his sincere thanks to the priests from India and Sri Lanka for their appreciation of the SLN’s efforts to create a bridge of brotherhood and cooperation across the Palk Strait.

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