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Chinese-helped new SL Naval base comes up in Vanni, targeting Palk Bay

[TamilNet, Saturday, 17 March 2012, 09:45 GMT]
Sri Lanka occupying the country of Eezham Tamils opened a new naval base in the western coast of Vanni at Naachchik-kudaa facing the Palk Bay in a commanding position to target movements from the Tamil Nadu coast of India. Construction of the new naval base received Chinese help. SL navy commander Somathilake Tissanayake inaugurated the base on Monday. Meanwhile, journalists who have gone for the annual church fete at the uninhabited islet Kachcha-theevu in the Palk Bay has noticed a permanently built SL naval base there. The construction material of this base and a newly coming up jetty there were found with Chinese markings. Two SL naval ships are always stationed near Kachcha-theevu. The attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen deploying Sinhala gangs from the south are operated by SLN in Kachcha-theevu.

SL Navy in Kachchatheevu
Part of permanent naval buildings at the uninhabited island of Kachcha-theevu

This week, petrol bombs thrown by a gang coming in a boat destroyed a Tamil Nadu fishing boat near Kachcha-theevu.

The new naval base, located in a cove at the fishing port Naachchik-kudaa in the Kariyaalai-Naakappaduvan division of the Ki’linochchi district, has been given with a Sinhala name Bhuvaneka.

The location of Naachchikkudaa
From the location the base could monitor the fishing villages from Mannaar to the Devil’s Point coast in the Vanni, as well as movements from Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and the Ira’nai-theevu and Kachcha-theevu islets.

SL defence secretary and presidential sibling Gotabhaya Rajapaksa put the naval division in this part of Vanni to operation in August last year. The new naval division will function under Sri Lanka’s North Central Command.

Apart from the KKS naval base, already there are three more major SL naval bases in the north at Kaarainakar, Veala’nai and Ma’ndai-theevu to conduct surveillance of movements in the Palk Bay from Tamil Nadu. Besides, there are many small naval detachments all along the coasts of the north.

Right from 1960s Colombo was systematically following a naval policy of choking the coasts of the north in the pretext of checking smuggling. A former Sinhala Government Agent of Jaffna has put it on record that this naval policy in the 1960s itself was actually in anticipation of checking Tamils in the island, because the Colombo government was very much conscious that its policies on Tamils would eventually bring in trouble.

Now the mushrooming naval bases directly target Tamil Nadu, strategic analysts said.

SL coastal bases in North
Sri Lanka's large military establishments that choke Jaffna peninsula and threaten Indian security. Sinhala colonisation is carried out in places no 11, 13, 14, and 16. The locations: 1. High Security Zone, Valikaamam North, 2. Kaarainakar naval base, 3. Vallan, Pungkudutheevu, 4. Periyathu'rai and Saamiththoadda-munai, Delft (Key location for Kachchatheevu and Rameswaram), 5. Kunthavadi, Delft, 6. Thalai-mannaar, 7. Mannaar Fort, 8. Tha'l'laadi, 9. Poonakari Fort, 10. Elephant Pass, 11. Vettilaikkea'ni, 12. Naakarkoayil, 13. Ariyaalai East and the opposite sandbar Ma'n'niththalai, 14. Naavatkuzhi, 15. Ma'ndaitheevu,16. Jaffna city, 17. Kachcha-theevu and 18. Naachchik-kudaa. The innumerable small military posts and the newly planned cantonments in Vanni are not shown in the map. [Satellite Image courtesy: NASA, Visible Earth. Legend by TamilNet]

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