3RD LEAD

SLN Dvora reported missing

[TamilNet, Friday, 06 January 2006, 22:15 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) Dvora fast attack craft has been reported missing off the coast of Trincomalee, naval sources said. A big explosion was heard off the coast of Foul Point around 2.30 a.m. Saturday, police in the eastern port town said. A statement issused by the Sri Lanka Army said two survivors of the crew have been found and thirteen are still missing and the Dvora has sunk without any traces. Liberation Tigers' media spokesperson Daya Master, speaking to TamilNet from Kilinochchi, said that LTTE has no involvement in the explosion.

DVORA

Super Dvora Mk III, is developed by Israel Aircraft Industries' RAMTA division. The 26 m' boat has a displacement of 70 tons and is capable of operations at extended range and durations (96 hours), 700 – 1,000 nm range depending on mission profile. The boat is offered with two diesel engine types – developing 1,120 kW or 1,680 kW, each powering the articulating ASD system. Super Dvora can develop top speed in excess of 43 knots at full displacement. At a normal load, the boat has a draft of 0.9 m, and displacement of 53 tons. The ASD propulsion system provides this Extra Fast Attack Craft (XFAC) with the excellent shallow water capability, including beaching, exceptional manoeuvring & survivability, high redundancy, rapid acceleration and de-acceleration, high stability and excellent sea-keeping qualities.

"Nearby fishermen pulled two sailors alive from the water after the pre-dawn attack on the fast attack craft just outside Trincomalee naval harbour, and the Navy was searching for the rest of the crew, all initially feared to have perished," Reuters report further said.

"We believe it was a Tiger suicide mission. The dvora was completely destroyed," Reuters report quoted Navy spokesperson Commodore Jayantha Perera as saying. The details of the incident were still sketchy and the Navy was still looking for the 13 missing, Reuters report further said quoting the Navy spokesperson.



Related Articles:
23.05.05   Sri Lanka builds ten Dvoras with German engines
14.06.03   LTTE blames SLN for sinking of merchant vessel

 

Latest 15 Reports
11.07.20 03:40   Photo
CBK, Kadirgamar condemned at Navaali genocidal massacre remembrance event
10.07.20 00:05   Photo
SL Police harasses Shivajilingam at 25th Remembrance of Navaali massacre in Jaffna
09.07.20 09:33  
SL Navy brutally assaults Tamil fishers in Mullaith-theevu
08.07.20 16:33   Photo
Sinhala colonists encroach into Kangku-veali, Mean-kamam reservoirs in Trincomalee
07.07.20 19:36   Photo
Colombo schemes to expand ilmenite scooping into North from Pulmoaddai in East
06.07.20 19:06  
Colombo transfers Tamil Political Prisoners to notorious Anuradhapura prison
05.07.20 23:06   Photo
University students, Shivajilingam brave SL harassment to commemorate fallen Black Tigers
04.07.20 22:28   Photo
Monk commanding Sinhala-Buddhicisation of North-East threatens Tamil villagers in Batticaloa
03.07.20 19:28   Photo
After Naavat-kuzhi, Colombo targets Poonakari for Sinhala colonisation across Jaffna lagoon
02.07.20 22:26  
Colombo imposes restrictions on Tamil valour related symbolism in schools of North
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
29.06.20 23:29   Photo
Moragoda advising Gotabaya prompts Sinhala parties to scrap Provincial Councils
28.06.20 22:06  
India privileging BRIC/RIC over Quad ‘discordant’, says former US top diplomat
27.06.20 22:11  
Indo-Pacific expert wants US to seek opportunities in ‘Sri Lanka’
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=16775