"Courageous" renamed "Samudura"
[TamilNet, Thursday, 21 April 2005, 16:35 GMT]
"Courageous" naval vessel donated by the US government to Sri Lanka was renamed
"Samudra" at an event held Thursday in Colombo harbour with Mr.Ratnasiri
Wickremanayake, acting Defence Minister, as the chief guest.
Mr.Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhist Affairs, is holding the acting
Defence Minister post in the absence of President Ms Chandrika Kumaratunge.
Ms Chandrika Kumaratunge who is currently abroad.
Mr.Ratnasiri Wickremanayake is the acting head of the UPFA government
following the departure of Mr.Mahinda Rajapakse, Prime Minister to
Indonesia to attend the Asia-Africa Summit.
"The Government will not launch another war. It is committed to peace and is
working towards this aim with a sense of responsibility," said Mr.Ratnasiri
Wickremanayake at the event of renaming the US naval vessel,
"The government is prepared to face another war if thrusted on it," said