Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) lost one of it's inshore patrol craft (IPC) today during a confrontation with the LTTE's sea tiger units. Naval patrol intercepted an LTTE boat movement off the waters of Silawathurei today morning.
An LTTE boat laden with explosives and manned by two black tigers tried to ram into the lead IPC. Navy was able to shoot the suicide boat before it could ram into the SLN vessel but the IPC was heavily damaged as the boat exploded in close proximity of it. This IPC was later sunk but the navy was able to rout the remaining 4 LTTE boats making them flee towards Silawathurei area.
Most of the SLN losses in recent times have largely been due to lack of essential naval firepower. SLN vessels are armed with aging 23MM cannons (except the OPCs which have 40MM cannons and sea missile launch capability) while their sea tiger counterparts have been able to install in 30MM weapons systems in their craft.
The latest SLN loss comes after the SLAF wiped the sea tiger HQ off the map last week.