March 03, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lankan naval vessels have been deployed to intercept a suspicious vessel 150 nautical miles off the island’s eastern coast, the country’s security media centre said Monday. The suspicious ship had been detected yesterday.
The Sri Lanka Navy has previously destroyed a series of ships which were believed to have been carrying arms for Tamil Tiger guerillas.
Good intelligence helped the Navy to destroy eight Tiger arms ships during 13 months, the Navy said it its website last October, after sinking a 70 metre vessel it said was the largest such vessel destroyed.
The ship named Matsuhishima, was sunk 1,700 kilometres off the southern tip of the island, the Navy said.