Saturday, January 19, 2008

New faces in Special Boat Squadron (SBS)

A new batch of soldiers joined the Navy's Special Boat Squadron (SBS) after the passing out parade held at Nipuna advanced naval training center in Boossa yesterday. SBS is the navy's elite formation equivalent to the army's Special Forces regiment and is modeled after the likes of Special Boat Service of the Royal Navy and S.E.A.L. of the U.S. Navy. 

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Image: Soldiers of the SBS taking part in the Independence Day Parade - 2007

SBS is a somewhat recent addition to the SLN. It was established in 1993 with 75 sailors and three officers. By 2008 SBS has grown into a fully fledged fighting formation specialized in maritime counter-terrorism, recovery of hijacked vessels, deep penetration attacks, amphibious assaults, underwater demolitions, VIP protection, beach reconnaissance and combat swimmer missions. Although the unit is formally under SLN command, it has on many occasions carried out coordinated strikes with the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) against the Liberation tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

SBS was extensively used during the 2nd and 3rd Eelam War in almost every major military operation. They are noted for spearheading the difficult operation that helped recapture of Pooneryn SLN base which the tigers had just overrun. However SBS's last major operation in the 3rd Eelam War, Operation Agni Kheela, was a disaster. The politically motivated operation resulted in the death of nearly 300 soldiers and SBS too suffered heavy casualties.

In the 4th Eelam war SBS has largely been used to attack and hunt down LTTE elements in the jungles north of Trincomalee. Some SBS teams also took part in several Blue water missions of the navy that targeted LTTE arms ships. SBS has vastly improved under the command of Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda and scored some major successes with their eastern operations.

Now with the CFA officially dead and at a time when SLA had publicly laid siege to Wanni, SBS will again have a busy time on their hands.

101 comments:

  1. good luck boys !

    Defencenet

    are there any women in SBS ?

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  2. LTTE too has a unit similar to SBS; the sea going arm of leopard commandos. this has been used to attack several navy bases and sentry posts in the 1995-2002 period but has only had limited success.

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  3. What we need is S.E.A.L type missions on to LTTE heartland and capture the famous Fat Pig. Good luck to over SBS!!!

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  4. Defencenet

    Tamilnet is saying

    Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) combatants staged a surprise attack on Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troopers from the Deep Penetration Unit lying in ambush having planted claymore devices near Madu Church along Mannaar-Madu road in Mannaar district Thursday around 2.00 p.m causing SLA troops to flee, carrying the wounded, LTTE command in Mannaar region said.

    LTTE recovered 3 Claymore mines, 2 remote activators, a location map and military accessories left behind by the SLA.

    There were no casulaties on LTTE side, the sources added.

    any truth to this ? if you can say

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  5. They look fantastic. Good luck to them!

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  6. 1) what are the elite units of the sri lankan armed forces? other than the deep penetration unit, commandos, sbs and army special forces?

    2) any women in the elite units of the sri lankan armed forces?

    3) LTTE's leopard commandos are the ones who carried out the buttala massacre?

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  7. I dont care if it was the leopards/tigers/murungas or carrots..they should be hunted down and killed if they refuse to surrender which is most likely.

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  8. shehal

    your site is cool & different !

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  10. Shehal,

    With your blog you have exposed your cover as well as your loved ones..Be very careful..

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  11. Shehal,

    This is how far LTTE is going to get their opponents killed.


    http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IE920080117204259&Page=9&Title=Chennai&Topic=0

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  12. Shehal,

    With your blog you have exposed your cover

    Be very careful..

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  13. Guys,

    There are reports that the Tigers have started buying lands in the border areas - Ruhuna - in bulk from the Sinhalese; those who spend money are Europe-based Tamils - Tiger agents. This is a very serious development.

    Our politicians are not well-known for long-term thinking; it is high time we made the masses aware of this even in this blog.

    In short term, it is a grave security risk; in the long term, it is a way of extending the border of so-called mythical Eelam for another day.


    This is land-grabbing by stealth; pretty innovative stuff, but the consequences can be dreadful.


    Please pour your thoughts or information in, for a broader understanding.

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  14. WipeLTTE, Vigilante are right

    you have lot of personal info displayed :(

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  15. qurious,
    I wouldn't bother with it.First problems first o.k?.

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  16. Qrious thanks for informing everybody

    under the law any lankan can buy land ?
    only foreigners who are not allowed to buy under that law ??

    i'm confused because i heard some time back that some foreigners are buying galle beach land

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  17. LKDood,

    Yes, any Sri Lankan is entitled to that right anywhere in the country; but it should not be a front for the Tigers to wrestle its strategic interests. That is where the government must chip in to deal with the vested interests at work.

    That is why a bill was brought to discourage the foreigners from buying land in the country. I think it is the right decision. When controls are not exercised things get out of control.

    Once bitten twice shy!

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  18. Thanks DN.

    Qriousmade a good point if Tigers is replaced with Tamils.

    Sri Lanka need a major pull-up operation in the legal system and the laws.

    In time to come pro-LTTE Tamils will takeover the CSE, all public listed companies, essentially the economy, a very large extent of lands, the parliament, the judiciary, etc., etc. This is no fear mongering but the reality.

    SL needs laws to safeguard these like India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia have; they have restrictions of ownership/inteference of the above stuff for foreigners and minorities.

    But when Tamils en masse become pro-sri lankan (if this ever happens) these restrictions may be loosened unless another threat arises.

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  19. Thanks Moshe Dyan,

    The land issue is not against peace loving Tamils; majority of them are noble people.

    Any Tamil can buy a land in the south and it happens without any problem, as far as I know.

    My concern is against organized buying strategies.

    LTTE must understand that they do not have the divine right to be ingenious; indulge in these practices and the birth of another extremist Sinhalese group is then around the corner.

    We didn't have JHU a few years ago; now they are a force to reckon with. The JVPstarted as a marxist party and now it is strongly nationalistic.

    LTTE must undersntad that it has no monopoly for excesses either. Sinhala extremists will emerge from the South too, to neutralize the threat in kind, if they pust their agenda too far.

    The LTTE do these things as clever stuff and enjoy short term successes. But in the long term, they are disasters of epic proportions.

    That is the only relief for the peace loving folks of both races.

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  20. Glad to see the US made America M16s are used,seems brand new,pehaps US will sell the essential arms to SL.Perhaps US could lend us their B52 in Diadigo Gracia to finish the job in the North.

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  21. ----Land Buying----

    Well (if this is true), ofcourse any one can buy land from anywhere. (But what about that thesavalamai low in jaffna?) But if ownership of land among communities is not propotional to population ratio then that can be a problem. Given the equal oppertunities to every one it is naturaly expected the education level, higher education, proffesionals, income level to be distributed normaly irrespective of race. If this is artificilay manupulated (by lows, violance etc.) it is not a healthy situation in a country. And can become big issue long term.

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  22. This is great news. Now we can kill the LTTE even faster :)

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  23. grious
    One way to stop overseas infiltrators buying land in the border areas to ask for their tax declarations of these remittances.Also if they have remitted through a proper bank.

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  24. Ninja Bandara,

    as per my understanding thesavalamai law does not block Other from buying land in jaffna. it's just gave more priority to family member.

    in our community when land come for sales, 90% - 95% chance for Bid by Family members. so virtually impossible for others to buy unless ready to offer higher Bid .

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  25. link
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thesavalamai

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  26. My heart goes out to people died at Tanamalwila and once again surprised that this attack happened, in a very Sinhalese area. I pass and stop in these villages every year, like Telula,Talakolawewa and Buthhala on the way to Katharagama.These places are surrounded by elephant infested jungles, we once stayed in a hotel named Hotel Oliphant in 2007 August facing the Udawalwe Elephant park. People always maintained that they had no fear of the terrorists, as the rebels were nowhere near them. I brought to the notice of the authorities that we noticed the presence of the terrorists at the southern most area of the Yala Park. They have infiltrated from the sea Tanamilvila is so close to the southern end of Yala.Also bogus operators of safari jeeps are operating from the Tissa wewe,who took us there. They are in co hoot with the rebels, and they know the terrain and they were doggy, didn’t allow us to go to the remote corner of yala,or video the area. From this area they would have infiltrated the thick jungles,inspite of vast open prison,and their circuit bunglows, with hefty activity is in northern jungles of Katharagama.These jeep drivers would have helped the rebels in some way, perhaps moving them around?

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  27. Mohan


    as per my understanding thesavalamai law does not block Other from buying land in jaffna. it's just gave more priority to family member.

    The above statement is utterly false. This is what happened to my friend and his American investor. One can check this with the US embassy in Colombo.
    In 1965 My friend(Sinhalese) tried to put their buy land in Jaffna to set up their third textile factory, but not allowed by this racist law because one of the partners was a Sinhalese. They somehow managed to get round the law by getting a kind Tamil person to let their land. Your ‘boys’ then, I think Maoist smugglers opposed their presence vigoursly,got the Tamil Immigration officers and with the help of Bradman Weerakoon(ten sec. to Dudly) got his American friend deported like a dog,kepet in the horrible Slave island detention centre. This was in spite of Ministry of industry of the new UNP Govt.phillip Gunawardene personally approving is project and his PR visa.(no BOI then).Most of his workers(300) in the Maharagama and Moratuwa factories protested out side Dudley’s office in the senate building, but we were threatened by his sec,Bradman weerakoon,who is a ltte agent. This fellow and Jay lath Jayewardene helped the tigers to smuggle communications equipment through the Katunayake Air Port.

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  28. This post by times eye about media might interest you

    Click here

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  29. "I'm confused because i heard some time back that some foreigners are buying galle beach land"

    LKDOOD if I remember right the UNP government eased restrictions on foreigners buying land in the country. It was brought up in the 2004 elections, and I believe those restrictions were reapplied my the SLFP, with prodding from the JVP and JHU.

    "In time to come pro-LTTE Tamils will takeover the CSE, all public listed companies, essentially the economy, a very large extent of lands, the parliament, the judiciary, etc., etc. This is no fear mongering but the reality."

    Oh yes it is fear mongering. Pro-LTTE Tamils will take over the parliament? You gotta be kidding. Do you honestly believe that? Like I said, foreigners are already restricted in owning local properties, and also local companies listed on the CSE.

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  30. DefenceNet..when you have the time..Any progress on confronting these terrorists who killed these people in the buttala/tanamalwila area.?

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  31. Defencenet,
    How large are the army teams that are searching the jungles in the Monaragala area for the LTTE group? Are they large teams that can engage with the enemy directly when they are found, or smaller teams that will have to call for support once they are located? And has the Air Force joined the search operation with their gunships or will the Army have to manage on their own?

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  32. Chamal why do u want to ask that question...those kids of questions might support terrorists -u idiot

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  33. times eye,
    I don't think so. The LTTE group have already met these teams and even fought with them. And there is nothing they can do if they knew the gunships are searching for them (except run and hide) and they will know if they are there too, they can hear the sounds. All I want to know from Defencenet is whether these search teams can directly engage with the terrorists or will have to call for support.

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  34. IllegalExistence,

    Thanks for the update; I didn't know the restrictions for the ownership are in place. That is great news.

    I think, in the light of the new development, the screws might be tightened while keeping an eye on local vultures who are hell bent on making buck at the expense of security in the short term and another nightmare in the long term.

    We bloggers grew up amidst this LTTE menace during the dawn of our lives. We don't want to see another one during the twilight of our lives again. It is as simple as that.

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  35. Chamal..the best way to conduct this operation is through army infilteration of the population in that area..army dressed in civilian clothes.The utilisation of vast assets is not only a waste of money but also counter productive.In the meantime what could be done is the fat bellied "polis" ebba's in the area put under a military man..They are there for the protection of people and not a local SLMM team or administrators to record details after the crime is committed, which although useful and convince the ignorant is pointless since this activity does not recreate life...As i remember correctly it is this ebba mentality that caused the death of a number or army/navy persons in bus bombings recently.

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  36. Chamal..what you dont want under these conditions is to draw attention to the fact that your hunting them because they will hide and will be near impossible to catch them.You need to let these terra's feel secure and put them off guard before you kill them all-i would prefer meat clevers not guns-no point wasteing bullets.

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  37. srilankan,
    I agree with your ideas. But that is only possible if the LTTE is hiding among the local population as civilians. However, if they are in the jungles, it may be better to use helicopter gunships rather than wasting the lives of our valuable commandos.
    I totally agree with you on your views on the police. If they did their job properly, a lot of disasters might have been averted. Not ony this one, but even the AAB attack.

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  38. Chamal..thanks for your input.I am no counter terrorism expert but the army infiltration of the population is not just to catch them if they are mingling within the populaton ..but to trace/follow their contacts within the population and have the contacts lead you to them in the jungle..because i think they have contacts within the population for various supplies.IN future when the situation in the wanni gets more desperate this terrorist group may be persuaded/prssured/directed by the gods in wanni to engage in many more terrorist killings,,thats when you get them if not before.

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  39. srilankan
    "IN future when the situation in the wanni gets more desperate this terrorist group may be persuaded/prssured/directed by the gods in wanni to engage in many more terrorist killings"
    Seems to me like they are doing it already. Four attacks in two days doesn't seem like the ideal way for a team behind enemy lines to operate under normal conditions.

    "to trace/follow their contacts within the population and have the contacts lead you to them in the jungle"
    I didn't think of it that way. Yeah, it might work. But they could be anywhere, not only in Monaragala area. Any place bordering this vast jungle can be used by them. All they have to do is go and take the goods delivered by their contacts and take it back into the jungle to the rest of their team. It's going to be hard work, but necessary. Hope our CID or even MI is working on something like this

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  40. Chamal,
    i agree with you.This however is a start.Also would they not be exposing themselves to the world outside?.At a guess things are going to get much worse in wanni.Lets see what happens.Our teams from MI and CID,hopefully are experts in counter terrorism by now.

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  41. WipeLTTE, lkdood, vigilante

    terrorism shouldnt be tolerated
    i wish there was peace but apparently no one wants it

    my site is about science and food...

    defencenet - i'm sorry but i had to respond

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  42. http://www.island.lk/2008/01/19/news1.html-progress on terrorist hunt

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  43. http://www.srilankatoday.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=57:www.sundayobserver.lk&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50-..way to go Mr Dias..way to go...!!:):)

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  44. Any foreigner can buy Lands in sri lanka. only difference is, they have to pay 100% tax and that is nothing for them.
    Already lots of very good beach front lands have been brought by the foreigners. If you take the Galle fort, you can see a foreign dominace in side it.
    Problem is, these foreigners, reluctant to obey the law of the land. Ther are trying to follow South African type behavior in the the FORT.
    Local people are not served by some resturents in the galle FORT.
    If you are visiting down-south, do not forget to go in to the galle fort and use those elite resturents. If any one refuse to serve, please please asalt them on the spot and ask the them to abide by the democratic rule of the land.

    GOVT needs, tough ruler to correct the law and the sociaty. Singapore and malaysia are the best model to follow, because they similar ethinic compositions.
    Govt should take action to distrubute lands in north among non tamils according to ethnic ratios. tamils shold be encourage to buy land in south and even govt should distribute southen land among tamils accoring to the population ratio.
    GOVT should take whatever possible to eliminate cessetion ideology and to make comunities closer and closer.
    Ther are so many real state sites in internet, specifically design for foreign to buy prime location of our beautiful island)
    ENOGH IS ENOGH, SRI LANKA NEEDS TOUGH RULER WITH TOUGH ACTIONS.
    (I can not see that in Pres. mahinda, GOTA can be a better selection)

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  45. Defencenet-
    Any truth behind below please..

    "I reveal a part of the ltte's secret message to colombo...

    the ltte wanted air attacks on vanni stopped.in exchange the ltte offered to cease air attacks to colombo...!

    and to cease all kinds of attacks in colombo.the ltte warned that it will attack Colombo if the air attacks are not stopped...

    so our brave vanni ltte first tried the friendly method to persuade the govt to cease attacks in Colombo and then tries a little threatening trick......

    the poor ltte sods forgot that this govt is lead by mahinda rajapkse...who hails from the village in the south where veiled threats are usually not given a Fcuk....! "
    <

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  46. Perein..besides that the Hon pres cannot just forget all the atrocities and history of this conflict and pretend to be Ranil.Wick.then there is also the suffering people in the Wanni.

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  47. Srilankan-
    Good to hear no negosation happening with Terrorists. Let's hope that rule will exists until wipe out the Terror.

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  48. Below link comments from SpecialForce character getting updated regular basis.
    Below text sounds very intesting..
    Long live our heroes...

    "ps...

    SLA had made serious inroads in to mannr ltte defences as of today morning...

    the mnnr battle will also be on the lines of the east...the SLA will have the attacks sustained...the defences will fall like a pack of cards...

    chopped from the root...

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  49. If you want to privately send info/ideas to INTEL of the defence ministry, you can use Suspious Actvity form in the www.defence.lk as a medium of communication.
    Actually, when I visit the form, What i have notice was, there is no encription mechanism for the data, which is submitted via the form.
    Service provider (SLT) seems to be deliberately keeping this very important sereact channel open to the whole world.
    Even a novice in the internet security field knows, how to introduce encryption for the any html form using SSL.
    This can be done with in one hour using local expertise.
    Any body, who is reading this blog having connections to the defence ministry, please advise srtongly to introduce encryption to that valuable form ASAP.

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  50. Andare-
    Good point mate. Let's try to avoide basic errors.
    Why do we need to make life easier for Terrorists.

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  51. Perein,
    i read the article by specialforce.Nice one.I am astonished by the level of racism among the tamil community.It is unbelieveble!.Here you get this wonderful soul MR Muralitharan..and the TNA did not even come to this parliament do for him.

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  52. So the LTTE is trying to make bargains with the government now? Seems pretty dumb to me as they can't do even one tenth of the damage that our A.F can do them. (But of course there is the fact that civilian population is intimidated here) However I really don't think they can make another trip to Colombo and get back in one piece, our people should have some defences in place by now.

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  53. Srilankan-
    I only started to follow his posting couple of weeks ago.
    He often give some clues which get published, soon after here by Defencenet with lots more details :) ...
    I would recomond you to read comments too, that's also reveal lot of info.

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  54. At the moment the SLDFs seems to be carrying out the war in a top down manner (targeting the hierarchy first) with the SLAF spearheading the ops!

    But it is important not to get carried away at this point by assuming that the SLAF aircraft at the moment are only encountering minor AAA fire! This is the decisive phase of the war and we have to assume the worst and never underestimate the LTTE. We HAVE to assume that they do possess MANPADS systems that can counter the low flying Migs and the higher altitude Kfirs!

    Although the LTTE doesn't seem to have an answer to the aircraft sorties at the moment they are most vulnerable on the ground and it is still more that capable of carrying out a Katunayaka type attack!

    Complacency is our biggest enemy at the moment when everything is going accordin to plan! BE CAREFUL!

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  55. Oshada,
    I completely agree. This has always been our problem, taking it easy. By underestimating LTTE in the past we have faced several disasters.... Katunayake attack, Aburadhapura attack etc. to name a few. If we had been ready for the LTTE aircraft, instead of thinking that they are for transporting cargo, this might never have happened.

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  56. Kevin,

    i am not 100% sure with thesavalamai law. but i know one think fo sure. even a jaffna Tamil brought land in colombo (any part of sri lanka). some part of thesavalamai law applys.

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  57. Cease Tincan air drops for SLAF strikes?

    Tamilnut didn't report it, but 2000 SLAF personnel died of laughter.

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  58. Guys,
    A claymore has been found in Moanaragala:
    http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20080119_04

    Looks like the ideas that some of you expressed about the LTTE group getting outside help is true. (It was found in an estate so probably it was hidden there by an estate worker or else one of the group managed to get into the estate. Either way it's clear that they got some help

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  59. Perein-Thanks will do.
    Chamal..Defintely outside help.It is interesting to investigate who owns the estate but not just yet.First lets infiltrate the estate and follow the clues.
    OT-
    Gentlemen i came across a pretty distressing article-what is this i hear that the agriculture ministers relatives are controlling the price of rice?

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  60. Fighting kills 35 Tamil rebels, 1 soldier in embattled north

    LINK

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  61. guys

    very interesting discussion here & very informative :)

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  62. David Blacker(earlier post)..you are entitled to ur own opnions obviously,but from ur post it seems to me that ur definitely biased towards the americans..anyways,lets drop the IRAN-US topic off the radar,& focus on the srilankan conflict-CEASEFIRE.hehe.

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  63. Defencenet,guys

    good work SBS Commandos!!..go sink more sea tigers..

    these SBS troops were recently equipped with the amercan RHB-Boats(Rigid Hull speed boats),if i'm rite..do they also use the MARK-5 Special Operations Craft,in their missions?..if its not confidential,can i know the small-arms they carry,as well?..thankz

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  64. well,from the pix looks like US M-16's..but aren't these too heavy,for special forces..why not go for Bull-pup,or Mp-5's..(i'm no expert in small-arms),but i do play the game "Counter-strike" frequently..:):}

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  65. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YsjMCcUByA.. just browsin..

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  66. Renegade:-i am really impressed even if the clip is pretty old.Does yourtube have a clip of LTTE child soldiers suffering in hospital wards without morphine?. i see the barber in an expensive suit..attending a conference..is this suit helping him in anyway now.I hope he took his wardrobe with him when he departed this earth because he can use them for conferences wherever he is.

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  67. Regarding land ownership in Sri Lanka, foreigners cannot directly buy land (there was a short lived period during reign of the Ranil Wickemasinghe govt where this rule was relaxed). Foreigners typically acquire land through 99 year leases. There are a number of Geramans, Brits and Scandinavians who own beach front property down south in places like Galle, Tangalle and Matara.

    For a list of houses owned by Europeans see "Living in Sri Lanka" by James Fennel and Turtle Bunbury, published Thames & Hudson. If the LTTE has acquired land in strategic locations using expatriate Tamils, then that is a serious security threat.

    The Indian National Security Advisor said that on occasion terrorist have manipulated some of the Indian stock exchanges.

    http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1079981

    According to Janes Defence Weekly, the LTTE has an annual income of about US $300 million operation. The daily turnover of the Colombo Stock Exchange is about US $7 million. It would not be very difficult for the LTTE to manipulate the CSE on occasion, and there is evidence to suggest that this has happened in the past.

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  68. remove .. to view the video Renegade!
    posted

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  69. Renegade,
    The H&K MP5 is used by the SBS. There was a documentary program on tv some time ago about the navy and it showed them using various weapons including the silenced MP5. And I guess the M16 is used because it is lighter and more accurate than our standard T56. However, they wouldn't be sticking to the same weapon, it will be chosen according to the mission. Being Special Forces, I guess they can choose from the whole arsenal of our forces.

    About the RHB's.... I remember they gave us the boats and not the weapons, but maybe they are ready by now. But they seem to use the locally produced Arrow boats more.

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  70. Sri Lankan govt. determined to implement devolution package

    LINK

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  71. UK calls for urgent ceasefire in SL


    LINK

    is Sri lanka under UK control ?
    i thought Sri lanka is an independent
    country

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  72. I had the pleasure to be at this passing out parade and it sickened me to the bone. The SBS operators passed out with hundreds of regular navy personnel and the media was there in force and all they did was walk up to the sbs guys and photograph and film them all. anywhere else in the world special forces passing out parades are not held in public or media view.
    the picture on defencenet was not taken at the passing out parade.

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  73. UK issues stern warning to Colombo

    LINK

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  74. uk feels responsible because they created the ethnic division (as they did in india)... hence their concern...

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  75. lkdood:- iam really scared bro..considering the fact that it is because the british harboured murderous filth for over 30 yrs while they were on their lenghtly murder spree that this problem could not be solved sooner.Do we perform our duties to our country depending on a whims and fancies of newspapers i wonder.Why dont we make the editor of that article president of SLanka.

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  76. Defencenet:

    Tamilnet is reporting of a fight in Ma'nalaa'ru

    update if you can

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  77. Defencenet,

    Is there any truth in the fact that during last week's bombing raid in Killinocchin on Thursday, the anti-missile system of the aircrafts activated?

    If so, what are the possibilities and has it raised eyebrows in the defence establishment?

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  78. defensenet, any info (lol...) about the "secret" message to colombo other then what SF has said in LNP?

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  79. qrious, im sure it has raised an eyebrow or two if it were true. It only means that the intelligence we are getting is reliable. tamilnut must have dumb editors as they are writing columns such as "AA activated when the bo#bers try to bo#b civilian areas" lol..why put AA in civilian ares unless of course there were top leaders. idiots..lol

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  80. My crystal ball says the army will have a major advance in about 1week and a half. =)

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  81. SL

    where did you buy your crystal ball

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  82. Srilankan,
    “Any progress on confronting these terrorists who killed these people in the buttala/tanamalwila area.?”

    No real progress yet. SF and STF teams have been deployed in the area. LTTE team seems to be using a GPS device to know their position. What’s even more disturbing is that it looks as if we were warned in advance by civilians before the tragedy happened. It’s doubtful if enough attention was paid to these tip offs. According to several reports, even 118 and 119 tel numbers have been ineffective.

    Chamal,
    “Are they large teams that can engage with the enemy directly when they are found, or smaller teams that will have to call for support once they are located? And has the Air Force joined the search operation with their gunships or will the Army have to manage on their own?”

    They are infantry units specialized in jungle warfare. They will most likely not need any additional support unless they are outnumbered by at least 5-1 (Which is unlikely in this case). Air Force has not deployed gunships but several other helis including mi17s have been used to circle the area and air drop soldiers to the area.

    Perein,
    “Any truth behind below please..”
    There are several versions of this story and we cannot confirm any of them. Some sources say that the message was as given in the article you quoted and some others say the tigers offered a ceasefire. Since we don’t have any confirmed info in this regard we’ll refrain from commenting.

    Renegade!
    “well,from the pix looks like US M-16's..but aren't these too heavy,for special forces.”

    You are correct it’s the M-16s they are carrying. They are not used in all operations only in some. Other primary weapons include the MP5

    Jonathan,
    “the picture on defencenet was not taken at the passing out parade.”

    It wasn’t. It was taken during the Independence Day Parade in 2007. We've mentioned that in the text under the image.

    Shehal,

    “1) what are the elite units of the sri lankan armed forces? other than the deep penetration unit, commandos, sbs and army special forces?

    Air Mobile Bridge (Sinhalese: Jangama Guwan Praharaka Balakaya)

    Mechanized infantry brigade (Sinhalese: Yanthrika Pabala Regimenthuwa)

    SLAF regimental special forces (Sinhalese: regimenthu wishesha balakaya)

    L.R.R.P. (Sinhalese: Digu Dura Wimarshana Ekakaya)

    1,2,3 commando

    1,2,3 special forces

    2) any women in the elite units of the sri lankan armed forces?

    No.

    3) LTTE's leopard commandos are the ones who carried out the buttala massacre?”

    This is not confirmed. Most probably they are ordinary cadres retreated from Thoppigala.

    "Tamilnet is reporting of a fight in Ma'nalaa'ru"

    Again tamilnet is making it look as if the army is making major assaults into LTTE territory. So far there has only has been limited strikes on FDL.

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  83. The hypocritical, corrupt British MPs attack against GOSL was expected - I left a post here about this type of pending attack not long ago (when I said that MI had got to know the sheer desperate situ the LTTE mfs are in (i.e. short of arty ammo, short of medical supplies and facilities to treat wounded LTTE lepers - many dieing when they could be saved in a proper facility, etc. etc.) and had intercepted LTTE SOS messages for the LTTE diaspora asking that they "do whatever it takes with your host govts to get GOSL to stop the Vanni attack as we can't keep up and if it goes this way, it will be the end of your thamileelam." This in essence was the message MI had intercepted.

    So, I guess the British Non-LTTE tamils and Sinhelas must now spring into action to counter this propaganda attack from those hypocritical white gooks (who are in it for the LTTE Tamil votes).

    The next countries to likely jump in on this bandwagon will be Canada and Australia (once again due to LTTE Tamil vote hungry MPs in those parliaments).

    Real good news from the Northern front - things are going better than schedule I hear. However, caution is being exercised by SLDF command too I gather.

    Greets to all my friends here...catch you later.

    OaO Asithri

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  85. ty Defencenet for the update :)

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  86. Many thanks DefenceNet,
    It is very sad to read your comment about 118/119 not giving people proper response and down right police stupidity.It really breaks my heart to watch those poor villagers suffer.

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  87. Asithri,
    Very well said bro.The LTTE diasphora want the TNA in the AllPartyRC!!..wonder why.Mind you the co chairs want to replace Japan and norway(a dud)..which means basically to replace japan.. with Canada and Australia..wonder why again..?..Is it because of the thaamil comm-munity vote?.

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  88. Thanks Defencenet.
    "They will most likely not need any additional support unless they are outnumbered by at least 5-1"
    Well, that's one hell of an elite unit....

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  89. DefenceNet,

    Was SecOps team raised under the then DFI (mid 1990s) ?

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  90. Defencenet,
    Thank you for your comment... and i agree like i stated in my comment that your picture was not from the passing out parade.

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  91. "If you are visiting down-south, do not forget to go in to the galle fort and use those elite resturents. If any one refuse to serve, please please asalt them on the spot and ask the them to abide by the democratic rule of the land."

    At the same time, don't forget to visit the restaurants in Hikkaduwa & Unawatuna, some of which, owned by Sri Lankans, refuse to serve Sri Lankans in favour of the higher spending foreign tourists. Most Galle Fort restaurants cater to visitors or tourists, not to residents (foreign or local) who usually eat in their homes.

    "David Blacker(earlier post)..you are entitled to ur own opnions obviously,but from ur post it seems to me that ur definitely biased towards the americans."

    Not at all, Renegade. I don't especially agree with US foreign policy, but there's no doubt that the US Armed Forces are the best on the planet.

    "well,from the pix looks like US M-16's..but aren't these too heavy,for special forces..why not go for Bull-pup,or Mp-5's.."

    The M16 is about the same weight as a T-56. Bullpup weapons aren't really lighter than a regular rifle (just shorter). MP5s are OK for CQB, but beyond that, you might as well throw stones. Anyway, these M16s in the pic are probably just for parade use, like the Commandos and SF parading with MP5s and Uzis.

    "anywhere else in the world special forces passing out parades are not held in public or media view."

    Jonathan, that's mostly in countries where special forces (like the SAS and Delta Force) are used as undercover operatives, or where there's a danger (as in Israel and N Ireland) of terrorists attacking the homes of soldiers. We don't have those scenarios here.

    DefNet, I don't really think you can call the Airmobile and Mechanized brigades 'elite'. They are just regular light and mechanized infantry battalions trained in airmobile and armour ops. SLAF SF too I wouldn't call elite (except in comparison to other SLAF ground troops). They are only used for base security.

    "Was SecOps team raised under the then DFI (mid 1990s) ?"

    Nemesis, there are rumours.

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  92. What makes me furious when UK is trying to interfear in Internal Affairs of Srilanka. Tell the fricking Brits that:
    SRILANKA IS NO LONGER A COLONY OF BRITS!!!

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  93. Blacklightarrow
    I beg to differ about Srilankan people denied entry to restaurants in Galle fort, perhaps they are the sons of crooked ministers and of thugs, that seem to have lots of money to go to these places. I saw a lot of local kids, who could afford to be on those places. people who are denied are the trouble makers, who are out there to create mayhem, know a few places in Galle fort and Hickkaduwa,when I rang to get a booking and to wish them,ie when we heard about this gossip sometime ago as well. They all said that they are desperate for business, welcome anyone, but not the scallywags and hooligans. Some Brits were refused for being unruly, perhaps had too much.

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  94. Do you really think that SLA has enough snipers to catch LTTE cadres? I have seen a lot of operations done by the SLA, specially commandos and Special Forces. But I have never seen a sniper in the battle. But I would say there should be at least one of the snipers for a group like other Armies. What can you say about this defencenet team?

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