Brits Seek Sri Lankan Expertise
Formerly a British Colony in the days of the Empire, the tiny Island of Sri Lankan now holds the mother country’s interest for their military expertise. From the Island News:
Former Army Chief General Sarath Fonseka, who spearheaded the war against the LTTE, declared on the Vellimullivaikkal beach that the international community would seek Sri Lanka’s expertise as it was the only success story against terrorism since the British campaign in Malaya in the 1950s. But that was against terrorists armed with 303 rifles, whereas the Sri Lanka army faced a well equipped enemy with sea and air assets.
Among the requests, was one from the UK for a comprehensive report on naval operations directed against the LTTE. India, too, has sought information on naval operations with special emphasis on small boat operations…
Sources said that the navy was surprised to receive the British request. They were particularly interested in the elite Special Boat Squadron (SBS) which played a critical role in overwhelming the Sea Tigers in the seas once dominated by the enemy.
We continue to hold up the recent Si Lankan victory over the Sea Tigers as what Western countries may have to face in a full scale war at sea. Hopefully we will learn these lessons and adapt our force structures accordingly.
For our comprehensive analysis of the Sri Lankan Civil War, see the following posts: