Sri Lanka: Second Special Asymmetric Warfare Course Commenced

Second Special Asymmetric Warfare Course Commenced

The Special Boat Squadron of the Sri Lanka Navy commenced their second one week long Asymmetric Warfare Course on 06th May 2013 at their headquarters in Trincomalee. The inaugural address was made by Commanding Officer of the Special Boat squadron, Captain Priyantha Perera.

Officers and other ranks from Bangladesh, China, India, the Maldives, Pakistan and Seashells, participate in the course which covers a range of subjects that include, History & Development of the LTTE, under water and surface tactics, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and booby traps used by the LTTE, innovative counter asymmetric tactics used by the Sri Lanka Navy and small boat maneuvering & attack formations.

Bangladesh, India and Pakistan have sent 4 officers each and China and the Maldives have sent three sailors and one officer respectively. Seashells has sent an officer and three sailors.

The SBS is the Navy’s elite Special Marine Force Specialized in amphibious warfare and maritime counter-terrorism operations which was established in 1993. It conducts a wide range of special water-borne and land-based operations. SBS played a pivotal role in defeating LTTE terrorism inflicting heavy damages and casualties to the enemy in a series of well-coordinated special operations.

Press Release, May 8, 2013; Image: Sri Lanka Navy